This year, (1840) The Etonians sent us a challenge to row them from Westminster to Putney. Although the crew was not so good as it was the last time we were prevented from rowing them, yet we wished for the race. Knowing however, by past experience, that it was useless to attempt the race without Williamson’s consent, Richards, our stroke, went off to obtain it. Being however refused, and two of the crew leaving unexpectedly, we were obliged to send an answer to Eton to say that several reasons (which were mentioned) prevented us from rowing them at the time they mentioned, but offering to do so in our holidays. This however, they declined, and the match was therefore broken off.
The eight was then as follows:
Richards QS stroke
Osborn TB Steerer
A race for a trifling sweepstake was got up among the T.B. it was run over Battersea fields the distance was about a mile with 7 leaps in it, the following fellows started
Astley won. Whittaker being second and Merewether third.
A race was also got up this month between the following boats two pair of sculls in each boat.
Astley Tritton Junr
This race in consequence of a dispute did not come off.
Added by Somerton
On Thursday June 12th 1834 a match was sailed between 4 half deckers of Roberts’s manned by Town Boys, the boats were,
The Commodore, Milman and Lowther
The Admiral, Bewicke and Somerton
The Captain Hurst and Osborne
The Colonel Preston and Astley
The match was won by the Commodore, the Colonel and the Captain coming in second and third, the Admiral being forced to desist from the race in consequence of springing a leak.
R.P. Warren P.O.
On Tuesday evening, May 15: 1832, a rowing match took place between the four houses, Singleton’s having challenged all the others: the distance was from Battersea Bridge to Westminster, it was won after a closely contested race by Stelfox’s, their boat being about two boats’ lengths ahead of Singletons: Stikeman’s came in last.
The names of the rowers were as follows;
*One of Stikeman’s fellows being out of school, Preston, who was at Hodgsons, was chosen in his place.