Rowing History

“Short trips only now in this motor boat” Jimmy Laird used to shout when operating cruises from his boat “Alice”. Departing from his wooden Jetty between Grays Hill and Pickie Pool. Even though it may have been a strange thing to shout, his boat was always very popular, many generations took their children for a first “sea adventure” aboard the “Alice”. Bangor Bay also had up to 108 rowing boats with eager sailors hiring them out for one hour at a time. At this time Bangor had 14 boats plying for hire to all towns and parts of the Belfast Lough. Below are some photos of the boats. Please enjoy.

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