The club lost its history soon after initiation in 1858 to the cyclone that hit the city in the year 1862, including records, documents, minute books, boat house along with boats and more. The only information that was left behind and later on preserved, was the account details of 1858-59 signed by the Honorary Secretary and Treasurer, Mr. John Cowie. It was C.G Norman, who is claimed to be the inventor, has done a lot for the development of the Calcutta Rowing Club. The color of water, i.e. an interesting combination of the blues and the whites was adopted for the club in the year 1864.
Our Calcutta Rowing Club won by three lengths in the first race, organised against the Madras Boat Club in 1869. In the same year, a permanent boat house was constructed on the Strand Road. However, later in the year 1900, the boat house was again shifted to Khidderpore Dock due to the immense pressure of river traffic in the Strand Road area.