Mary Chalmers

Mary Chalmers is a rare surviving example of an open-water recreational rowing skiff, known as a jolly boat.

She was built in 1953 by McAllister of Dumbarton, who also build collapsible lifeboats for Titanic, and originally belonged to the Ladyburn Trades Amateur Rowing Club in Greenock. 
Travelling by boat had been a necessary form of transport for those living in waterside communities, but as other forms of transport developed, people started to take to the water for fun and rowing clubs were established. Jolly boats were fast, shallow draft racing gigs, and Mary Chalmers was one of the last of her class to be built. She was named after the daughter of Jock Chalmers, who had been a foreman plater in Caird’s yard in Greenock.

Leisure and industry were closely linked on the Clyde, with teams of sportsmen from various trades competing to see who was best.