VIEW-8320 | Regatta day, North West Arm, Halifax, NS, 1915 (?)

Regatta day, North West Arm, Halifax, NS, 1915 (?)
Wm. Notman & Son
Probably 1915, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
10 x 12 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  beach (94) , Figure (1339) , Figure (1339) , Occupation (1110) , Photograph (77678)
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Keys to History

Regattas, which usually involved both rowing and sailing races, were very popular in Maritime cities. This was especially true in Halifax after the establishment of the Halifax Yacht Club in 1857. As this photograph reveals, large crowds of spectators gathered along the shore, with scores of people -- including women -- getting as close as possible to the action by watching from small boats. For many young women, attendance may also have offered the hope of finding true love.

Judith Fingard, Janet Guildford, David Sutherland, Halifax: The First 250 Years (Halifax: Formac Publishing Company Limited, 1999), 71.

  • What

    Regattas are aquatic competitions involving a variety of small boats, including both sailboats and rowboats. Special events such as outdoor concerts were often held in conjunction with regattas.

  • Where

    Regattas were held regularly in many Maritime ports, including Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Saint John, New Brunswick.

  • When

    The first regatta in Halifax was held in 1826. As the 19th century progressed, regattas became increasingly regular and popular.

  • Who

    Members of sports clubs such as the Maritime Provinces Amateur Athletic Association and local yacht clubs participated in the regattas, and large audiences of men, women and children came to watch.