Tees Rowing Club The Slipway North Shore Stockton-on-Tees TS18 2NL

“Boathouse Reach”

On our trip so far the photos have been of the Tees as it is now. Of all the changes which have taken place over the past 40 odd years one of the most noticeable to Tees members is the view from what is now our former Boathouse. (This reach of the river is immediately upstream of Victoria Bridge). This is how I remember it when at the age of 18 I was recruited to the club by David Storry (who is rowing at 5 in this eight) To the left are the houses of Thornaby Place – now the site of Tees Motor Boat Club. In the centre is Vulcan Foundry and to the right the buildings of Turnbull’s Scrapyard. For what it looks like now – see the next photo. The crew as far as I can tell is – bow(?), 2-John Goody?, 3-Brian Hudson, 4-Roy Smith?, 5-David Storry, 6-(?), 7-Peter Reed, Str-John Hilton and cox could be Alan Moses, John Baker or Tim Wilson!

Quite a change.The houses were demolished in the mid 60s and some landscaping improvements carried out. Later the old foundry was converted to light industrial units and the scrapyard was wound down. By the late 90s all the old buildings had gone and in 1999 Mandale Properies redeveloped the site with offices.