‘The Fours’ were rowed on Wednesday Ap. 24. Four crews trained for the exeat but only 3 came to the scratch. The names are as follows:
Cox. J Chapman
Cox H Walker
Cox. T Chapman
Nicholl’s crew unfortunately had to scratch before the day, Barnes & McEwan being out of school. The race was one of the best ever witnessed, as far as the Old Swan (the course being from Battersea to Putney Bridge) they were all almost as close together as at the start. At the railway bridge Oldman was leading by half a length. Trevor & Tomlinson being close together. Oldman increased his lead till he won by three lengths, Tomlinson being about the same distance behind Trevor.
E. R. Dowdeswell
August 3rd the Townboy & Queens scholar eight oared match was rowed from Putney to Hammersmith bridge (for Mr Hawskhaw’s Challenge Cup). The Townboys went ahead & won as they liked. We have now won it twice to their once.
The Eton & Westminster eights oared match was rowed on Friday August the 1st. The day was all that could be desired. The rowing of both crews was admirable, though Eton as the result will show, was far superior to us. The crews were as follows:
Westminster: st. lb.
Bow A.P. Dawson 9. 9
- A.J. Mackey 9. 10
- C.S. Bull 10. 1
- B.N. Thomas 11. 7
- G.L. O’Brien 10. 12
- W. B. Besly 9. 13
- W.H. Hunt 10. 4
St. H. N. Monk 10. 0
Cox H. Walker 6. 5
Bow A. Brassey 9. 8
- W. R. Griffiths 10. 8
- W. J. Treach 11. 7
- A. Pochin 10. 6
- R. A. Kingslake 11. 5
- J. R. Selwyn 10. 11
- H.P. Senhouse 10. 2
St. C.B. Lawes 10. 10
Cox Hon. C. Needham
The Westminsters took the lead which they lead as far as the London Rowing Club boat house, here Eton cleared them & kept increasing their lead, winning easily by 6 lengths. The race was rowed from Putney to Chiswick Eyot. Particular thanks are due to Mr Legham of Trin. Coll. Cam. for his unwearied exertions in “coaching” the Eight. Also to Mackey & Dawson who came down to row every evening, although they had left the half before.
E.R. Dowdeswell Prin. Opp.
When Thomas T.B. (captain of the water) asked Scott leave to go as usual to Putney with the right to train for the Eton v. Westminster race, he (Scott) flatly refused leave for the present, & said he would consult with the other masters as to whether he should give leave at all this year. Thomas showed him the absurdity of supposing that an outrigger could go on down here etc. but Scott with his usual obstinacy would not hear him. I have no doubt that he will eventually accede to our wishes, but if he does not the sooner we win to Eton to put an end to the match the better.
NB Scott has at last given leave & the eight go up to Putney every night.
The “fours” were rowed on Wednesday afternoon April 16th from Hammersmith to Putney. Four boats had been made up but owing to O’Brien spraining his leg his boat scratched. Thomas’ boat won by barely a length, the second boat making a very good race of it. The final boat was some way behind. The crews were as follows –
Bow: A. Dowdeswell T.B Bow: Michele T.B
3: W. Hunt T.B 3: J.O. Wiliams T.B
2: A. Dowdeswell T.B 2: C. Ball T.B
Stroke: A.J. Mackey Q.S Stroke: W. Besly Q.S
Cox: H. Walker Q.S Cox: Circuitt Q.S
Bow: Tom Q.S Bow: Theoor (?) Q.S
3: Baker Q.S 3: W. Barnes Q.S
2: Pember Q.S 2: O’Brien Q.S
Stroke: Dawson Q.S Stroke: Monk T.B
Cox: Jaylae T.B Cox: Chapman T.B
The Eton and Westminster on August 3rd was won by the former by about 8 lengths owing to the want of length in the WW. The style of rowing in the school has very much improved lately a good deal owing to Forster’s good example. For particulars see Water Ledger.
J. L. Swale
A challenge to row has been sent to Eton & accepted.
P. Southby Prin. Opp.
In the race for the cup given by Mr Hawkshaw the TBs were victorious for particulars see T.B Water Ledger.
The Westminster and Eton Race is again a reality. It was rowed this evening Aug 3rd from Putney Bridge to the end of Chiswick Eyot and although Westminster did all that Westminster could do one was obliged to succumb to the superior weight of the […]. The Etonians had a splendid crew much older and heavier than Westminster (this averaged 8 1/8lbs heavier). They rowed in splendid style. We were beat by 50 seconds. Westminster taking the lead about a quarter of a length at first when Eton went ahead and Westminster rowed a hard and plucky stern race the rest of the way. We had not been in out racing boats long enough, while Eton had always been accustomed to row in the boat they raced in. It would be better if the first eight for the future always rowed in an outrigger as the race is to be continued. We must hope for better luck next time, therefore we pride ourselves on the fact that the Westminster stroke was acknowledged the best oar in the […] by both Westminsters and Etonians and rowed most pluckily all through the race. The Etonians would not dine after the race as the Head Masters of Eton and Westminster wished to limit the number of guests invited to the dinner, which the Eton crew “voted out”. So we had dinner by ourselves at Putney.
J. C. Hawkshaw
At last we have got the Eton race. I went to Scott today and he said he would let us row under certain conditions which he afterwards told me this that he and Goodford (Head Master of Eton) should each choose an umpire and that the Umpires should choose to referee. Also that there should be certain restrictions as to the length of course, moreover that their eight should undergo a medical examination. I went to Eton informing them of what had taken place. And we now wait until the umpires are chosen when I hope all will be satisfactorily decided.
J. C. Hawkshaw