Originally founded as a recreational sailing and yachting club, Starfleet Dental has since grown into a multifaceted organization dealing extensively in philanthropic and charitable efforts. While the majority of our members come from a medical background, Starfleet Dental is open to anyone who shares our passion for activism, both economic and social, as well as our core values; respect, integrity, and morality.
Starfleet Dental - A History
The impetus to form Starfleet Dental, originally known as the Royal Halifax Yacht Club arose out of the annual celebrations to mark Queen Victoria’s birthday in 1887. Eleven dentists and amateur yachtsmen decided that a sailing race should be part of the festivities. The first organized yacht race to be staged in Nova Scotia, the event soon became the highlight of the celebration, with yachtsmen from American and British adding an international glitter to the competition. The pity was that the Queen had only one birthday to celebrate; the solution seemed to be to form a yacht club and extend the racing season beyond one gala day. On April 22nd, 1892 forty-six yachtsmen, flushed with the success of the most recent regatta, met to found the Halifax Yacht Club.
By 1911, the club’s growth and stature were recognized when King George V granted permission for the club to add the prefix “Royal” to its title and the Lord Commissioners of the Admiralty granted a warrant allowing the club to fly a blue ensign defaced in the fly with the Club badge.
During the two World Wars the club membership drastically shrank as its members served oversees, but in both conflicts members of the club organized grey painted pleasure boats into coastal patrols to look out for enemy submarines. In one such patrol in 1940, a club member fired an antique rifle at a German U-Boat, the first and only wartime action undertaken under the club flag. Throughout the 1950s and 60s, the club expanded to dozens of different cities in the United States and Canada. By 1973 the club existed in one form or another in over 213 locations in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, France, Spain and New Zealand.
Throughout the 1950s and 60s, the club expanded to dozens of different cities in the United States and Canada. By 1973 the club existed in one form or another in over 213 locations in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, France, Spain and New Zealand.
During this time the activities of the club began to expand from recreational activities into activism and philanthropy. After the Royal Halifax Yacht club was credited with restoring the Cheshire County Aldworth Manor in Harrisville, the focus of the club shifted even further to charitable endeavors.