No 378

On the 20th of June in consequence of their being no race with Eton, Rich, the stroke of the Oxford University boat (an old Westminster) kindly offered to bring an Oxford eight down to Westminster to row us, on our own course between Barkers Rails & Putney. We having accepted the challenge, everything was arranged & our eight went into training for the occasion. I myself was unable to row inconsequence of previous ill health so Wright took my oar. A steamer was engaged, which took us all to Chiswick bridge from whence the boats were to start, (as we had agreed upon a shorter course). Our boat went off boldly with the start but the superior height of the Oxford men soon told for they kept a head of us the rest of the distance & finally went through Putney bridge ten boats lengths a head of us. It was a good reace however and did great credit to our crew. We* all lunched together at the Star & Garter. Most of the party returned by the steamer not in their respective eights.

The crews were as follows

Westminster
1. Upperton (QS)
2. Williams (QS)
3. Milman (TB)
4. Steward (TB)
5. Eminson (QS)
6. Wright T.B.
7 Horne (QS)
Stroke Barnes (QS)
Cox Green (QS)

Oxford
1. Hemage X
2. A. Milman
3. J. Rich
4. C. Steward
5. Milman
6. Hanbury
7. H. Barker
Stroke Rich
Cox Balfour

One eight was had from Noulton & Wilds for the occasion & all expense defrayed by the fellows that [?] it with a small subscription from the Town Boys & Q.SS.

W.C. Macready P. Opp.

*ie. both the racing boats and the other sixth form present.

X An old Westminster has kindly supplied with with the names of the Oxford crew who beat us in 1850, so thought I might as well in put them here.
C.G. Law
Prin Opp.
Dec 20 1853

No 375

An upper shell boy (Whitaker) having challenged a sixth form boy (Evered) to row him a sculling match, in fun, the race came off in earnest on Monday April 28th. They moved in light [fairings] from Westminster to Vauxhall bridge. Whitaker took his lead, but came in about twenty boats length after Evered. Another race of the same description (although a better contested one) took place between to fifth form boys Hammond & Galsway in which Galsway was the winner by five or six boats lengths.

W.C. Macready
Prin. Opp.

No 374

The annual match between the Town Boys under the sixth form (& not in the eight) & under Elections took place, on the 24 of April, earlier than usual. The course was from Hungerford to Vauxhall Bridge, being much shorter than usual. The Queens Scholars, won by nearly two boats lengths, having kept a head throughout the whole race. The crews were as follows.

T.B.s
1. Berens
2. Waterfields (jun)
3. Galloway
4. Milman

Cox Southing (jun)

Q.S.
1. Vincent
2. Somerville
3. Williams
4. Upperton

Cox Green

The steering of our boat was not so good as it should have been accounting in part, for the loss of the race.

No 366

A very good race took place near the end of the half between two fours, made out of fellows in the eight. It was to have been stroke against bow but two oars being kept off the water the boat were made up otherwise. They were as follows

Stroke
1. Wright T.B.
2. Macready T.B.
3. Mure T.B.
4. Barnes Q.S.
Cox Green Q.S.

Bow
1. Horne Q.S.
2. Williams Q.S.
3. Cook Q.S.
4. Eminson QS
Cox Twiss QS

The boats (fs. Noultons) were outriggers. The race from Vauxhall Bridge to Hungerford. Bow took the lead at first, but were hard pressed in a short time by Stroke, who at length passed them opposite the houses, and upon reaching Westminster Bridge were half a boats length ahead in coming through the bridge Twiss (Bows cox) made a curve & lost ground greatly, and being passed unable to gain it again. The stroke boat passed under Hungerford Bridge four boats lengths ahead of the Bow.

W.C. Macready
Prin. Opp.

No 365

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.

1. Dick T.B.
2. Bourne T.B.

2.

1. Browne T.B.
2. Waterfield T.B.

3.

1. Berens T.B.
2. Williams Q.S.

4.

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.

W.C. Macready
Prin. Opp.

No 363

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:

    1. Horne QS
    2. Wright TB
    3. Stokes QS
    4. Eminson QS
    5. Mure TB
    6. Macready T.B.
    7. Cook QS
    8. Barnes QS

Cox Balfour

W.C. Macready
Prin. Opp.

No 360

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.
2. Browne
3. Madan Q.S.
4. Williams Q.S.
5. Browne
6. Somerville Q.S.
7. Steward
Stroke 8. Milman
Cox Twiss

W.C. Macready
Prin. Opp.

No 350

The Westminsters rowed in a four at Richmond.

1. Steward
2. Parratt
3. Williams
4. Barkers
– Burton Coxs

And also at Mortlake

1. Armitstead
2. Steward
3. Williams
4. Barken
– 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

D. Stewart
Prin. Opp

No 348

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

Westminster
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

Eton
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

D. Stewart
Prin. Opp