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West Cheshire Sailing Club was founded at New Brighton in 1892 by members of the now bygone Magazine Sailing Club and New Brighton Sailing Club.

 

The first Club Dinner held by WCSC was jointly celebrated with the Victoria Rowing Club at the Hotel Victoria, New Brighton, before World War I. At that time the headquarters of the club was located in a building on the New Brighton Pier and boats were stored onshore at the pier, or on moorings in the River Mersey. The club moved to its present location on Coastal Drive when the pier was demolished in 1961.

 

Famous members of the club were Sir Ernest Marples MP, the man who planned the motorways and built the M1, and was, for a time the Postmaster General. He was Vice President from 1948 to 1958 and a member of the committee for many years. Also, Lieutenant Commander Ian Fraser RN VC, was a member of the club committee and Captain of the club for three years. He served in submarines during World War II and was awarded the VC for his part in the attack on Japanese warships in Singapore Harbour in 1945.

 

The brass cannon, now kept in the club was a signal gun from a large steam yacht, White Eagle. Owned by William Chadburn she was built in Portsmouth, but spent most of her life in the Irish Sea on the Clyde. The cannon was donated by his nephew Albert Chadburn Bamford. From time to time club members would fire this gun at special events. Unfortunately, for obvious reasons no longer possible.

Coastal Drive, Wallasey, CH45 3PZ

 

 

 

Contact us on  0151 639 0873 : Email info@westcheshire.org.uk