A great many races have taken place this half, as well as cricket matches, Liddell very liberally giving “early Plays” when asked for among the Principal Races were between our Eight and the Leander, and also with the Old Westminsters. For further practicalities see Water Ledger & cricket etc.-
Bourke* went up the to Liddell the other day to ask him to give leave on the water this half which he granted though only in the morning.
*Captain of the Eight
We received a challenge from Eton the other day in which Standing, the Captain of the Eton Boats, said that their Head Master did not object to the race between the two schools being continued, and he felt sure that if Liddell could consent a race might be brought about. Our Eight however, feeling certain that Liddell would not give his sanction wrote back to say they could not race.
The following day the “Westminster Silver Sculls” were ranked for, The entire series were: Hammond, TB, Bouthe, TB and Madan QS, Slade QS. Slade did not row. After a plucky race Hammond ranked in a winner by 15 lengths. The race was from Putney to Vauxhall, read Water Ledger for a fuller account.
R. B. Berens Prin. Opp.
Weare the other day called Twiss the captain up to him, and told him he would be much obliged to him, if he (Twiss) and Berens would do all in their power to get up the Eleven. Lord Paget had asked for an early play, but Liddell said the Eleven was so bad, it was not worth Lord Paget’s while to bring down an eleven. Rather odd of the Masters asking two of the Eight to get up the Eleven.
R. B. Berens
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.