Many spirited endeavours were made to get up boat races this term which had not great success, although more boats were on the water this half, than had been for some time since. The second eight & six continued to row steadily through the whole term and numerous light fours existed also. The boys in the shell got up a good pair oar race of four boats, which took place as follows. The boats were
1. Dick T.B.
2. Bourne T.B.
1. Browne T.B.
2. Waterfield T.B.
1. Berens T.B.
2. Williams Q.S.
1. Bennett Q.S.
2. Upperton Q.S.
They started from Battersea Bridge, and threw up their oars at Vauxhall bridge. No. 1 came in first by three boats lengths 3. Second 2. Third 4. Fourth. The town boys again beats Q.S.
This year, Liddell in consequence of the extreme negligence of the Upper Election, would not give the eight leave off lock in, to go to the Thames Regatta nor even have off names in the evening. However we accomplished it in the evening by hard pulling and came in for one or two sculling matches of no very great interest.
N.B. The eight was as follows:
- Horne QS
- Wright TB
- Stokes QS
- Eminson QS
- Mure TB
- Macready T.B.
- Cook QS
- Barnes QS
The second eight received a challenge from a four chosen out of the eleven, to race them from Battersea Bridge to Westminster (B.). It was accepted and the four of the eleven!!! was beaten by seven or eight boats length. The race took place upon the 22nd of June: the boats were arranged as follows.
1. Marryatt Q.S.
2. Blagden Q.S.
3. Armitstead Q.S.
Stroke 4. Stokes Q.S.
Cox Balfour Q.S.
1. Bennett Q.S.
3. Madan Q.S.
4. Williams Q.S.
6. Somerville Q.S.
Stroke 8. Milman
The Westminsters rowed in a four at Richmond.
– Burton Coxs
And also at Mortlake
– Burton Coxs
in the first of which matches they were beaten through their breaking their rudder string & being fouled and in the last thro’ the unfair rowing of the Richmond boat, & the umpire being astern during the race.
Vide Water Ledger
On Thursday, July 27th, the match with Eton took place from Barker’s Rails to Putney Bridge. The eight were trained by Noulton, by whom the outrigger was also built. The course was rowed over by the Etonians, the winners, in 25 minutes & 50 seconds, beating the Westminsters by 1 minute + 30 seconds. The crew of the Etonians, as will be seen was 11st 13lb heavier than that of the Westminsters. The Westminsters were anything but well steered by Balfour.
The crews were
1. C.K Armitstead Q.S.———-8st 7lb
2. R. Burton Q.S.—————8st 5lb
3. N.R. Smart Q.S.————–9st 4lb
4. W.M. Parratt T.B.————8st 11lb
5. P.M. Robertson Q.S.———11st 12lb
6. H.V. Williams Q.S.———–9st 10lb
7. C.W. Steward T.B.————8st 9lb
(Stroke) H.R. Barker Q.S.——-9st 7lb
E. Balfour (Coxswain) Q.S. 6st 12lb
1. A. Bailie——————9st 7lb
2. G.H. Holden—————10st 0lb
3. H.H. Tremayne————-10st 3lb
4. C.H. Miller—————11st 4lb
5. A. de Rutsen————–10st 7lb
6. H J. Miller—————10st 3½lb
7. A.R. Thompson————-10st 10½lb
(Stroke) W. L. Bagshawe——10st 7lb
J. Greenwood (Coxs) 9st 10lb
For minute particulars vide Water Ledger
The Etonians being anxious to regain their lost laurels of last year sent us a friendly chalenge to row them again this year which we readily accepted, and having obtained Williamson’s leave which he kindly gave us very readily we commenced training under our old friend Noulton and after several attempts ineffectual to fix the day it was at length fixed for the _
We rowed in the same boat as last year & over the same course which the Etonians at first objected to, but as we yielded the day they did the course. We again won the toss and took the Putney side as we raced from that place to Barkers rails. The Echo was engaged to accompany us with our friends but came very short of that as they only saw us to Hammersmith Bridge our crew consisted this year of
Rich (stroke) QS
Barton (cox) QS
We started very evenly they had the start however if any difference was between us we however drew ahead & at Hammersmith Bridge were clean ahead & rather gained till we eventually won by several boats lengths. This victory was the more pleasing for us as it made the matches between us even, both having won four there were at that time more than 700 in Eton and about 80 in Westminster making the victory state doubly great. For further particulars see Water Ledger
Tuesday July 29th 1845 was marked by an event which I feel sure will be remembered, after what passed last year, with sincere pleasure by every Westminster as long as the School shall exist. I mean the Boat Race between Eton & Westminster which took place on that day & terminated in favour of the latter by 65 seconds. The following account may perhaps be admissible here.
At 111/2 A.M the “Echo” Steamer left Chandler’s Pier filled with the friends of either Crew & reached its destination Barker’s Rails nr Kew Bridge at 11/2 P.M or rather more, from which place we were to start & after a little waiting the Etonian Crew also arrived: Burton Sr then tossed up with Luttrell Sr (the captain of the Eton Boats) for choice of stations which Westr. won & took the Surrey side of the River. Mr. Selwyn an old Etonian kindly officiated as umpire: & on the word “off” being given we started in such an uneven manner that the Etonians led by more than a length before we were steady. But in ¼ of a mile we were oar & oar; in ½ a mile clean ahead; & continuing, at most without an effort, to draw ahead lost sight of them round the turn before Hammersmith Bridge. We then rowed easily down the Hammersmith Reach continually gaining ground; spurted into Putney passing the Leander & or own Watermen’s Eights; & went under the Bridge amidst the warmest cheering ahead by more than a length of any Boat that rowed the distance.
The course was nearly 5 miles; the time 27 ¼ (which we could have lessened) & we were victorious by 65 seconds or something like 40 or 50 Boat’s lengths. Our crews were
For further particulars see Water Ledger. I may as well here remark that W.G. Green who was our Head of the Water as I had not time to attend to it was very unfavourably and it is generally thought unfairly rejected from the Racing Crew & his place supplied by Williams who if he was stronger was certainly deficient in style. Our training was strict & our condition extremely good this year, we had continued to improve ourselves for six weeks & before we actually received a Challenge.
Dr Williamson who behaved extremely well throughout, & was extremely generous towards us as far as he was concerned followed the Race this year together with many other Old Westminsters on Horseback, by the Towing Path & returned I am happy to say extraordinarily satisfied with the result of our efforts.
Thus ended the most complete victory of the Championship of the Universe as far as regards rowing in Schools that was ever obtained by our crew over another. And I think I may, from personal experience, add, one of the least distressing spurts we ever had during the whole course of training. The betting before we started was 5 to 1 having risen from even wagers.
Joseph Preston Prin. Opp.
The race referred to over leaf came off on Aug 1t 1843 in which Westminster was beaten for particulars see Water Ledger
J. Preston Prin. Opp.
March 1 – 1842
A quarrel between the TB & QSS which lasted some time began this day in consequence of Beasley a Bishops’ Boy in the Sixth having licked a Second Election.*
The facts are as follows –
The Captain* having head that this fellow in the 2d Election has been licked, sent to Beasley saying that he wished to speak to him. He went accordingly alone and unarmed, not the least suspecting what the QSS were about to do. When he arrived at College doors the Captain met him & hit him several times with a stick. Most of the QSS were there ready as they said afterwards to set on Beasley if the Captain had not been sufficient of himself with his stick to lick his unarmed enemy whose only offence was wearing a purple gown instead of a black one. But Beasley seeing about 30 to 1* thought it better to refer to Williamson at once & after a great deal of palaver & bother it ended in the Captain sending an apology to the Head of the T.B. Peace was now nominally restored, but the QSS refused to have Beasley in the boat which was to race with Eton which again occasioned a deal of quarrelling & letters were sent to Eton to say that the boat which was preparing to race them was not the Westminster proper boat unless Beasley rowed in it.
Several letters appeared in Bell’s Life upon the subject but as Beasley was taken ill about a week before the reach took place it at once put an end to any doubt concerning his rowing in the boat.
W.G. Andrewes Prin. Opp.
* W.K.R. Bedford, but who stepped in [&] impeded him whilst running after some other Boy.
It was not however Bedford’s fault at all that this disgraceful occurrence came to such a height, but of some other Under Election.
* He had offered to fight anyone of them on the spot, singly, but as in all probability they did consider themselves a match whilst alone, they preferred the unfair and disgraceful way related here.
This year Eton did not send us any challenge to row them. Probably they did not challenge us because there was a great deal of scarlet fever in the school, which must have greatly hindered their rowing. Roberts had just built us a beautiful new boat, suited to our strength. And people who had seen the Etonian crew, allowed that we should have had a very good chance with them.
The eight was then as follows:
Prout Stroke QS
Hallet steerer TB