About the Union Boat Club
Union Boat Club, founded in 1851, is a private social and athletic club located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston. The Club offers facilities for Handball, Squash and general fitness at our clubhouse on Chestnut Street and Rowing at our boathouse on the Charles River Esplanade.
Union's rowing program is the oldest continuously operating rowing club in the Boston metropolitan area as well as the third oldest rowing club in the Nation. Union was one of the delegates at the first meeting of what would become the National Organization of Amateur Oarsmen, the predecessor to USRowing, the organizing body for rowing in the United States. Union's squash program dates back to the early days of squash competition in the United States and has produced many League and State Champions over the last 100 plus years. Union is also home to a very active "Fives" ladder. Fives, an english form of handball, first made its appearance at Union around the time of the Civil War and Union is the only American member of the UK Rugby Fives Association.
More than 160 years after our founding, Union remains a vibrant institution that retains its place in the worlds of Rowing, Squash and Fives but more importantly in the hearts and minds of its members.
The Union Boat Club would like to acknowledge photo credit for several photos posted on this website
to Igor Belakovskiy and Mason Cox, with our appreciation.