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A Brief History
Queen City Yacht Club
Presented by our Historian and Foremost Authority
Captain Lloyd Yasper
They say, "There's a time and place for everything," so in our case The Time - is May 18th, 1916, and The Place - The Fremont Hall in the community of Fremont (Seattle, WA). Mr J. W. Lough took the helm as temporary secretary until proper appointments could be made. The membership at this time totaled 47 members. The following meeting developed The Name, The Club Pennant design, Bylaws formulated, and other details decided upon of which there were many.
It is interesting to note the Club's Resolution entered in the Minutes of the meeting of January 4th, 1917, as follows: "Whereas the Queen City Yacht Club was organized for the purpose of promoting the sport of boating and whereas the membership of said club is composed largely of men of moderate means who want the sport without the unnecessary frills. Now therefore be it resolved that it is the will of the membership of this Club that it be and remain for all time an organization with board democratic principles of Yachtsmen with the object in view of getting the most possible good out of the sport within our means."
The Port Commission came to our aid for a much needed clubhouse. This was located in Ballard at Salmon Bay and served our purpose until 1918. This clubhouse was officially opened about November 3rd, 1918, at a Total Cost Of $2028.20. Again with our growing pains we made another move to the shores of Westlake North. This new clubhouse was made of log floats with moorage floats bordering it and constructed by the members.
Then came another move in 1925 to a location across to the East side of Lake Union at the foot of Hamin Street. Our new clubhouse was brought in from West Seattle by barge to an already prepared pilling foundation with a 12-foot walkway surrounding it with log floats adjacent. These floats later proved to be our greatest problem with expense and upkeep and with limited moorage we found it again necessary to find more space and better location.
Before long in 1934, our Fathers came up with the property we now have, nothing but the best; both here and at our Winslow Outstation. We are the pride of our fraternity. We cannot begin to thank and list the men who are responsible for this achievement and growth.