Who We Are: Delaware
River Yacht Club 2015
Established ca December, 1925 and
chartered ca July, 1926.
Original membership 20 persons
including the following Bridge Officers; Commodore: A.B.
Cartledge; Vice Commodore: A.A. Jordan; Rear Commodore: Edward
Mathias; Treasurer: Carl A. Mayer; Secretary: John P.
Robinson. Current Bridge Officers (3) include Rob
Stecher, John Macanany and Joe Apice. Other staff
persons include the Treasurer, Nick Noderer, Recording
Secretary, Wm. (Bill) Garwood, Corresponding Secretary, Wm.
(Bill) Wilby and Fleet Captain, Chris Blaydon and Fleet
Surgeon, Wm. (Bill) Wilby. Board of Directors include 6
regular members plus the immediate Past Commodore and the
Current 2015 membership is
approximately 99 persons made up of 5 classes which are Active
(with and/or without boat and Gold Card/Life); Social;
Honorary and Junior. The breakdown of the entire
membership includes 70 Active, 24 Life/Gold, 19 Social, 10
Honorary, and 0 Junior.
1927 Photo of
DRYC Fleet ca 1930
In the 1930's, when the
worldwide economic slump began, some club members were able to
afford small well equipped power boats. The glistening
mahogany hulls contained V bottoms, and engines that reached
speeds of knots. The din of the engine prevented
communications between the forward and aft cockpit.
Spray careened over the bow, wetting all that were aboard.
However, with all the drawbacks, the boats remained popular
with the speed happy youngsters.
The property location is 9635
and 9636 Milnor Street, Philadelphia, PA 19114.
Originally a single 3-story Victorian brownstone, converted to
two individual properties (ca 1932), restored to single
property ca 1999.
The purchase of the current Club
property on Milnor Street in Torresdale, PA was approved as
were the original constitution and By-Laws (1926). A
Charter was obtained in 1926. The Club property included
a large, 3-story stone house that was designed to include a
club room with snack bar and upstairs changing rooms with
lockers. The waterfront included a pier, a float (main
stage) and river front beach. The property also included
a large boat storage yard with lifting crane for launching and
Original fleet included mostly power
boats of significant length and smaller runabout types.
The fleet transitioned from power to sail as more sailing
competitions were made available to DRYC. Currently, the
fleet includes approximately 50 vessels, the majority being
sail powered. River moorings are the preferred method of
making the vessels available for river outings and racing.
Club provided tenders are available for transport between
docks and vessels.
DRYC is currently associated with the
following regional recreational boating related organizations:
Delaware River Yachtsmen's League (DRYL) and the Chesapeake
Yacht Club Assoc. (CBYCA).
Activities include monthly meetings,
Directors and General Membership 1st and 2nd Wednesday nights
respectively. Official events include Opening Day,
Closing Day, Elections/Christmas Party and others including
Valentine's Day party, St. Patrick's Day. The club's
business affairs are conducted having various committees (21)
overseeing the activities.
Other activities include mid week
sailing competitions (spring and summer season), weekend
sailing competitions (fall season). Participation in
other yacht club social/boating events sponsored by the
Delaware River Yachtsmen's League and the Chesapeake Bay Yacht
In or about 1985,
the U.S. Navy Sea Cadets Org established an assembly of cadets
plus a vessel at DRYC that continued into the early 90's, the
"ship" was led by Cmdr. Phil Bruno, DRYC Past Commodore.
In or about 2000 the BSA Ship 484, Sea Scouts began operation
at DRYC, Cmdr. Henry Berk leads the ship and its fleet
consists of several sailing vessels.
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About the Delaware River
Excerpted from an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Delaware is an economic, ecological
With the exception of the Eagles and
Phillies, perhaps no civic treasure does as much to unify and
energize the region as the Delaware, a river that for
centuries has been the area's life source and an avenue of
A Coast Guard boat cruises
the Delaware. Once an open sewer, the river is now cleaner
and an economic engine. CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer
The William Penn Foundation in Philadelphia recently
announced that it will use its environmental grant- making
to drive preservation and restoration of water quality in
critically important places within this huge watershed.
The Delaware is the longest undammed river east of the
Mississippi, extending 300 miles from Cape May to the
Catskills. The basin provides drinking water to 16 million
people (5 percent of the U.S. population) in Delaware, New
Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia, including the largest
and seventh-largest metropolitan economies in the country.
Most of Manhattan drinks water from the Delaware, not the
Hudson. The river is the largest freshwater port in the
world, yet sustains a recovering American shad and striped
The ecological value of the Delaware River system is
well known. Less well-known is its economic value.
An analysis by the University of Delaware concludes the
Delaware Basin is an economic engine that (1) contributes
more than $20 billion in annual economic activity from
recreation, water quality, water supply, hunting and
fishing, ecotourism, forest, agriculture, open space, and
port benefits; (2) provides ecosystem goods and services
(natural capital such as the watertreatment and fishery
benefits of forests and wetlands) of $21 billion per year;
and (3) is directly or indirectly responsible for 600,000
jobs in the shipping, manufacturing, agriculture, tourism,
and other industries, with $10 billion in annual wages.
The tale of the ebb and flow of the Delaware is all too
familiar across the United States.
When William Penn founded Philadelphia in 1682, after
arriving on the Welcome, he wrote about 6-inch oysters too
big to be eaten whole and large sturgeon that played in
the river all summer. Yet in 1739, Benjamin Franklin
petitioned the Pennsylvania General Assembly to remove the
tanneries near his Market Street print shop and wrote in
the Pennsylvania Gazette that Dock Creek was choked with:
“hair, horns, guts and skins” and fish “soon floated belly
up.” In 1790, concerned about polluted drinking water,
Franklin willed funds to Philadelphia to build the first
municipal water system in America.
By the 19th century, the Delaware was an open sewer. By
the turn of the 20th century, the largest population of
American shad and sturgeon along the Atlantic seaboard had
collapsed from overfishing and pollution. By the 1950s,
the Delaware had zero oxygen at the Ben Franklin Bridge.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy and the governors of
four states signed the Delaware River Basin Compact, the
first-ever federal- state watershed accord, which kicked
off the river’s revival.
A cost-benefit analysis concludes that investing in
watershed restoration and the jobs that go with it can
result in big payoffs. Improved water quality will lower
water-treatment costs for cities such as Philadelphia,
where the annual value of drinking water exceeds $3
billion. Watershed restoration will boost boating,
fishing, and birdwatching, which is already a $1.4 billion
economy in the Delaware Valley.
With cleaner water, more tourists will visit places
like the Delaware Water Gap, which recorded five million
visits at the country’s eighth-most visited national
recreation area and $100 million in sales, which supported
more than 7,000 jobs. A $100 million annual investment in
Delaware River watersheds would generate 2,000 jobs and
add half a billion dollars to the region’s gross domestic
The Delaware River is still the priceless treasure
William Penn first saw 331 years ago. Fueled by successful
conservation by private land trusts, stream restoration
and citizen monitoring by watershed associations, and
public and private funding for high-impact projects, the
next great Delaware River revival is on its way.