John Wieland and his brothers, along with the Kehrlein brothers,
immigrants from Germany, found the Dolphin Club. Membership
is limited to
25, and a small shed at the foot of Leavenworth Street is
used as a clubhouse.
The first "Ladies Day & Rowing Regatta" is
held at Black Point Cove, later to be
known as Aquatic Park Cove.
Dolphin Club rowers win the first "Pacific Amateur
Membership limit is increased to 40.
The two-story clubhouse at the foot of Van Ness is completed.
Hazel Langenour becomes the first woman to swim the Golden
The concept for Aquatic Park is approved.
The first Golden Gate group swim is organized by the Dolphin
Hyde Street Pier built by Southern Pacific for its car ferries.Charles
M. Farrell is instrumental in getting the Pier built. Ferryboats
take autos and passengers to Sausalito and Berkeley from
Hyde Street Pier for several years.
Black Point Cove becomes the property of the City of San
Francisco. In exchange, produce exchange property is given
Clubs are moved from the foot of Van Ness to the foot of
The first pilings for the new pier (Muni Pier) are driven.
The clubs are jacked up and moved on rollers from their
site at the foot of Larkin Street to their current site
at the foot of Hyde Street. The clubs still own their buildings
at this point and pay nothing to the City in rent. The city
agrees to pay $3,800, the cost of moving the clubs, in return
for the clubs' deeding their buildings to the city and signing
tenancy agreements with the city.
Aquatic Park opened to the public.
Aquatic Park serves as a military headquarters
The "Dolphin Log" makes its debut .
The Aquatic Park boathouse is leased to the Maritime Museum
Association. The Dolphin Club wins the Pacific Amateur Oarsmen
The "Fort Sutter", an old riverboat built in 1912,
is pulled up next to the South End and the Dolphin Club.
The Fort Sutter is burned to the waterline, allegedly by
disgruntled members of the South End Rowing Club.
First organized Alcatraz swim.
Lieutenant Colonel Stewart Evans swims from the Farallon
Islands to Point Bolinas (20 miles north of San Francisco),
becoming the first and only person to achieve this feat.
The swim of 19.57 miles begins at 10:17 pm on August 27th
and finishes at 12 pm the next afternoon, at water temperatures
ranging between 56 to 58 degrees. Several pilot rowboats
and other craft accompany the swimmer.
Honorary life member Jack LaLanne, shackled and manacled,
tows a rowboat from Alcatraz to the club in less than 90
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is formed from
an assortment of Bay Area parks and seashores. The state
transfers Aquatic Park, with its expensive restoration projects
on schooners like the "C.A. Thayer" and "Wapama"
and the tugboat "Eppleton Hall", to the better
funded federal government.
Women are admitted to the two clubs. The South Enders and
Dolphins are required to sign separate leases with the City.
Each club's lease is to run for an initial 25-year period,
with one renewal option of 24 years. By managing their operations
themselves, the clubs relieve the San Francisco Recreation
and Park Department of this task, while helping the department
attain its mission of providing recreational opportunities
for San Franciscans.
Dolphin men's and women's relay teams dominate the Maui
A transient camping underneath the club accidentally starts
a fire that destroys the newly acquired Ariel Club building.
photographs and other archives are destroyed.
Joe Bruno completes his 50th Golden Gate crossing.
The ship "Balclutha" arrives at Aquatic Park for
permanent berthing at the Hyde Street Pier.
The "John Wieland" is rolled into the club house
boat shop for a comprehensive overhaul.
Fully overhauled and refurbished, the "John Wieland"
The Dolphin Club website is posted online.
The Dolphin Club renews
a 24-year lease with the City of San Francisco.