The southern pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge marks the starting point of what was to become Mosman Rowing Club. Known as Dawes Point, from 1873 Mercantile Rowing Club boated from this amazing location, a few hundred metres from Circular Quay.
The growing traffic on a working harbour and the demands placed by maritime commerce on the foreshore eventually forced Mercantile to relocate. Luckily, Sydney Harbour and its intricate system of waterways offered solutions.
Before World War I, Mosman Bay was a very quiet if not expansive stretch of water. A new shed was built on its southern shore and from 1911 Mercantile became Mosman Rowing Club.
By the 1950’s busier harbour and Mosman Bay traffic was again putting pressure on rowing, and a modest training centre was built at Pearl Bay, just east of The Spit Bridge. It was this move that gave MRC access to one of the finest stretches of rowing water in the world.
By the early 2000’s the boat shed at Pearl Bay and the licensed club at Mosman Bay decided to go their separate ways, and in 2008 MRC opened a new state of the art boatshed and gymnasium alongside the older facility. The two sheds now service the rowing needs of members as well as five Sydney Schools.