The Story of the Clyde Canoe Club
The Clyde Canoe Club has a long and distinguished history. Its intrepid group of founders started off at a clubhouse at Rosneath from where they embarked on a series of innovative exploratory trips off the west coast of Scotland as well as organising canoe sailing racing on the Gareloch and Clyde.
After going into abeyance for a few years they re-formed, firstly on the River Leven at Balloch and then at Drumkinnon Bay also at Balloch but on the very southern shore of Loch Lomond. When forced to move from Drumkinnon Bay the Club moved further up Loch Lomond to their present home just north of Millarochy Bay in one of the most beautiful settings on the Loch.
Their activities over the years are well documented in newspaper cuttings, minute books, log-books, plans of canoes and sail boats, personal reminiscences and an outstanding photographic record. Each generation of members left behind a mine of information and this was been collected by the Club Archivist, Roger Hancock. Of particular value was a history of the Club which had been prepared by a long-time member of the Club, Peter Turner, in 1982, and the photographic archive of the Yuile Family which was given to Roger by Peter Yuile.
Balloch Heritage Group and the web-site of the Vale of Leven and its surroundings, valeofleven.org.uk, are delighted to have worked with Roger and Harry Summers to have brought this fascinating story to a wide audience on the Internet.
The Story is in three parts, which can be downloaded as PDFs.