About The Grunt Club

Our History

The history of the Grunt Club dates back to the early 1930`s when a small group of marine-oriented men decided to form a nautical organization primarily to foster the spirit of good fellowship throughout the industry in the Port of Montreal. The name of the club was allegedly derived from the grunts and groans which bellowed out from the group in response to the suggestions offered by each in attendance. The late Barney Bolan was elected the first President and from those humble beginnings The Grunt Club has grown to over 400 members- all associated in some way with water transportation and who can meet in an atmosphere of friendship and congeniality.

Since its inception in 1931, one of the primary purposes of the Grunt Club has been to promote fellowship amongst its members and associated industries throughout the marine community. Each year the club hosts a number of events, such as a curling luncheon, golf tournaments, a family picnic, a Christmas party for the children, and the Annual Dinner. The Annual Dinner is the gala event of the year and it brings together over 1,300 members and guests from around the world. From the proceeds of the dinner, the Club is able to provide financial support to the Mariner`s House- which provides comfort to seamen of all nationalities visiting the Port of Montreal- and endorse a scholarship fund in recognition of the scholastic achievements of deserving students at L`institut Maritime du Québec à Rimouski.

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