Lady Victoria Boat Club exists to encourage rowing at Queen’s University Belfast and to raise the standard of rowing in Northern Ireland. We do this through the support of our members and friends. Please considering joining Lady Victoria Boat Club!

Membership is open to anyone who has ever rowed for, coached or supported either the Men’s or Ladies’ Boat Club, be it for one term, or many years. 100% of your subscription goes to rowing at Queen’s.

Many great friendships have been forged through the more than eight decades of rowing at Queen’s. It is our aim to continue these friendships through Lady Victoria social events, whilst supporting the students at the same time.


During the autumn of 1935 the author began to be interested in the history of rowing at Queen’s University and opened a correspondence with T. G. Houston, a former principal of Coleraine Academical Institution. From him he learnt that during the 1860s there had been a boat club at Queen’s College Belfast, but that this had faded when the members went down from the College. Professor W. B. Morton (Physics 1897-1933) was also approached to find out if any serious attempts had been made to revive rowing during his time at Queen’s. The answer was a very definite no for, in those days, the first step taken by students in starting any new venture was to beg financial assistance from the staff and he had never been ‘sounded’. Professor Morton would have been an obvious target for would-be oarsmen as he had rowed for Lady Margaret Boat Club when at Cambridge.

Nevertheless, there was still a belief, though unconfirmed, that several attempts had been made to start a boat club, but none of these got beyond the talking stage until F. G. Maunsell initiated the moves which led to the founding of the present club in the autumn of 1931.

Much of the material published in this account of the early days of the club has been obtained from former members, press accounts and club records; but among the last mentioned only those for 1931-1942 have survived. Indeed, it would not have been possible to have compiled the saga of rowing at Queen’s without the willing co-operation of scores of former members who have taken endless trouble either in answering the author’s queries or in providing constructive criticism of the text. If he attempted to name all those who have helped him, the list would run into several pages; nevertheless, this in no way detracts from his grateful thanks for their assistance.

Finally, the author and all those who have been involved in the compilation of this manuscript wish to thank Eamonn Doherty of Lady Victoria Boat Club for undertaking its duplication, and Margaret Pritchard for producing an excellent type-script of “Rowing at Queen’s from 1864 to 1951”.

D. B. McNeill, President, Queen’s University Boat Club, March 1987

Rowing at Queen’s: 1864-1937 by D.B. McNeill

Rowing at Queen’s: 1938-1951 by D.B. McNeill

Rowing at Queen’s: 1952-1961 by Dusty Anderson

Rowing at Queen’s: 1962-1968 by Stevie Smith

Rowing at Queen’s: 1969-1974 by Iain Kennedy


Lady Victoria Boat Club hosts an annual Winter Dinner, which you can learn more about on our Events page.


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Please consider subscribing with a membership to Lady Victoria Boat Club — the alumni club of Queen’s Rowing.

Membership is open to previous members of Queen’s University Belfast Boat Club and Queen’s University Belfast Ladies Boat Club and other supporters of Queen’s Rowing.

Your membership subscription fee allows us to have a fund that can be used for the benefit of the QUBBC and QUBLBC — covering the costs of items that the university doesn’t.

Annual membership subscriptions are £25 and payable by Direct Debit.

If you would like to apply for membership or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Donor Secretary, Pamela CUNNINGHAM.

Thank you very much for your support of rowing at Queen’s University Belfast!


All of your donation goes towards Queen’s Rowing!

The Lady Victoria Boat Club is made possible through the time and efforts of volunteers. This includes volunteer coaching and support for Queen’s rowers and crews.

We remain grateful for the continued financial support of friends and family of Queen’s Rowing and welcomes all one-off and recurring donations.


LVBC Committee 2018-19

President – Ricky CARUTH –

Vice President – Alistair FEE –

Captain – Rory McNAMEE –

Vice Captain – Brian MURRAY –

Honorary Treasurer – Gavin MEEK –

Honorary Secretary – Barry McWILLIAMS –

General Committee – Jonathan BAIRD, Pamela CUNNINGHAM, Allan LEONARD, Mark McMULLAN, David STORRS, and Ellen THOMPSON