The Seventies

Greenwich who had already upgraded around the Cutty Sark and Gypsy Moth but owned a decrepit boathouse in Crane Street decided after extreme pressure from the South East London rowing group led by Nipper Hook, Johnny Hines, Cecil and later Peter Blaseby ably assisted at various times by Lance Clifford, Maurice Simco, Johnny Rossiter and myself managed to convince Greenwich to upgrade the club house before it fell into the river.

The prime mover for Greenwich at the time was, I think, a chap by the name of Derek Penfold. There was also a great deal of talk by the local clubs, Greenwich council and South East London Rowing group about building a boathouse on Creads yard which was next to the slipway, this never came to anything until years later and is where the boathouse now stands.

House moving time again for Globe, a derelict prefab at the corner of Old Woolwich Rd and Eastney St was squatted with a wink and a nod from Greenwich Council, again Globes tradesmen swung into action and showers, racks etc were built, the only drawback was boats could only be stored in sections so every outing was a complete re-rig and de-rig for every boat.

Eventually the new club house arose phoenix like from the ashes of the old and became the Trafalgar Rowing Centre home to Globe, Curlew and LTRC the latter two declining to take up residence as they still clung on to their changing rooms and raft at the Trafalgar Tavern.

The rowing centre also boasted a full time warden in the shape of Doggett’s winner Ray Easterling, Ray coached and assisted young rowers and scullers and was a source of a great deal of information to cox’uns about the set of the tides etc.

Once the centre was ready for occupation new temporary homes were found for the boat stock whilst the prefabs were demolished and a brand new boathouse built capable of taking all types of boats including eights without de-rigging or splitting.

The new boathouse, a concrete garage type construction was built on the corner of Old Woolwich Road and Eastney Street. The building had two roller shutters water and electricity and sufficient room to house all of Globe and Curlews boats including safety boats and enough room to do any work on the boats indoors.

Although this new building was financed in the main by Greenwich council a great deal of the work was again carried out by the club membership.

Alan Coulson who was absolutely brilliant at boat repairs also showed great skill as a general foreman, supervising the members in concrete laying for the base of the new boat house. A myriad of other tasks were carried out, second-hand scaffolding was scrounged to build boat racks and finally the boathouse was up and running. There was even a nice compound at the back of the building for boat trailer storage.

A walk down Eastney St with the boat was still required to go afloat but compared to the past trials and tribulations this was heaven.

The club had no gym but winter training, then called circuit training was at Creek Road School gymnasium, no Ergo’s or weights just continuous movement around the circuit and set exercises.

This period was a great time in Globes history, with a proper boathouse an eight could be obtained and housed. In 1977 a Donoratico VIII was tested at Molesey, others were tried but finally a second-hand Salters eight from Worcester College BC Oxford was purchased, we never seem to get away from Salter’s.

The two top IV crews coached by Phil Collins combined and started serious training in the eight.

Some great regatta wins the following season allowed the club entry into the Thames Cup at Henley Royal Regatta this was repeated the following year. Globe rowers had achieved a high point in the history of the club rowing at Henley regatta using a second hand boat.