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
At the beginning of this half (after hours) I received a note from Eton asking us to row them. Chapman and I went to Scott for permission and were refused on the grounds that Williamson and Liddell both has said that it disorganised the school. We waited some time and today (Fri 29th) Salwey and I went again and after arguing the matter for nearly an hour met most of his arguments and he is now considering the matter. There is every hope we shall get the race soon.
J. C. Hawkshaw
On our return to Westminster Sept 28th the weather was so fine that Scott gave general water leave.
J. C. Hawkshaw
We rowed the Leander this year from Putney to Mortlake Ship Inn, and licked them by a quarter mile.
Row. A. Tomlinson T.B
2 A. W[XXX XX] T.B
3 A. Chapman Q.S
4 B. Thomas T.B
5 A.C. Onslow Q.S
6 J.C. Hawkshaw T.B
7 W.S. Whight Q.S
Stroke J. Foster T.B
Cox J. M. Yales T.B
The race of the T.B. and Q.S. Cup was rowed on Friday 28th. We tossed for boats and they got the first 8, which of course was half the race it being new this year. Before starting we agreed to turn back and start again if a foul occurred. We had not gone far before a foul occurred and we turned back and started again. It was an oar and oar race to the Old Swan, when they went slightly ahead. We picked up and passed through Battersea Bridge, whether first of second I can hardly say. Both claimed the race and there being no umpire a violent dispute occurred. We offered to row them again but they refused and one of them, I am glad to say not on the Water, behaved in a most regretful manner to me, who being so unwarranted with the cup did all I could to prevent its being guarded for. But my efforts were of no avail for they obstinately refused to row again. I told them might choose their own umpires and they chose A. Tair Esq., the brother of Tair the Q.S., who was on the bridge at the time, and he gave the race in this favour. I shall say nothing more about the race though I heartily wish it had been better decided.