No. 359

T.B.B. & Q.S.S. boat race

This race was returned this year, & resulted in the victory of the Town Boys by 10 lengths. It was rowed on Wednesday July 31st, which fortunately was a beautiful day, & a large number of fellows went up by train & boat, etc., to see the race, as well as several masters. The eights went up to Coates’ wharf, Battersea, in the launch, with Mr Bovill, Mr Gibson, Rev. W.B. Gray, & Rev. W. Failes, and one or two of the senior non-rowing fellows. They got into the boats there, and paddled up to the starting place at Putney Bridge. The start was just on the turn of the tide, if anything on the first of the ebb. The boats went off very well together at the start, which was given by Mr Gray & kept fairly level for the first 200 yards or so.

The Q.S.S. has the better station for turning the Point at the Palace, but the T.B.B. began to draw away here, & gradually increased this lead.

At the Crab-tree we were leading by a good length, & the distance between us gradually increased, till we rowed under Hammersmith Bridge, winning easily by 10 yards lengths.

The crews were-


Surrey station Middlesex station
T.B.B. Q.S.S.
1.       H.S. Westmorland 1. W. Bury
1.       F. Learmouth 2. A. A. Sikes
2.       J.C. Frere 3. J. Langheike G. Godfrey
3.       J.M. Stuart Edwards 4. F.E. Cobby
4.       W.G. Bell 5. H. Lowry
5.       A.M. Hemsley 6. F.R. Clarke
6.       W.H. Ritchie 7. H.W. de Sausmarez
Str. C. Campbell Str. W.A. Cuppage
Cox. W.H. Burridge Cox. S. Bere


The Town Boys were greatly elated at this result, as it is the first victory for four years; & the crews were thought rather equal.

After the race, the crews rowed back to Coates’s, & adjourned for a “liquer” to the Swan, Battersea. An arrangement had been made for having a dinner for the crews, but it came to Scott’s ears, and the old blackguard would not allow it!

Water has got on very well this year, as well indeed as any one could expect, after the interval of two years. The steam launch had been a great convenience. Only the Scratch Fours & the Under Elections gigs have been rowed of the usual races, as it was thought better this year to practise, without many races, as a great many of the fellows were quite new to rowing.

No. 290

On Wednesday July 26th the TB & QS boat race was rowed & won by the latter. A mistake was made on our part, in putting 3 Cricket fellows in the Right for the race, which was doubtlessly owing to the superintendence being in the hands of the ‘Cox’ of the Eight who couldn’t be supposed to know much about such matters.

No. 289

Owning to the Pigheadedness of the Captain of Water, the Richmond day, when a Cricket Eight, 2 boating eights, & an Old Westminster eight go up to Richmond & dine was not observed this year. It is needless to add the Captain of Water was a Queen’s Scholar anxious to let everybody know that he had some influence in School affairs which they certainly would not otherwise have discovered.

No. 287

Cricket has not been flourishing this term. Almost all the matches played have been lost and it becomes more & more manifest day by day that Cricket & Boating cannot both live at Westminster. From the small number of 200 there are not sufficient fellows for both. One must go to the wall. That Cricket should be done away with no one could ever think of suggesting, Boating has long been regarded as a feeble pretence & a refuge for the destitute.

Without Tubbing from the stairs between Schools we could never have a decent Eight, & as there appears no chance of ever obtaining leave for that – the evening boating which only consists of about three quarters of an hour ought to be abolished. Objections might be raised from on various grounds. Some might say that if Westminster was to be represented in the Varsity Eight, boating at School was necessary. It is however a well known fact that the first instruction given to a freshman at Oxford & Cambridge is to forget all the Rowing he ever knew, if he has boated before. And many men in the crews of both ‘Varsities’ have never touched an oar before they went up. Others might say what are all these fellows to do, when there is no boating to occupy their time. To provide sufficient amusement it is true a considerable amount of addition ought to be made up fields, in the shape of more lawn tennis, fives courts & racket courts (up fields) all of which there ought to be. The younger of course would be obliged to play cricket & the infusion of new blood would soon make itself felt in the Eleven.

The Older ones who had reached the Shell without discovering the Vein of Cricket within them, would then be able to turn themselves to the above mentioned occupations, but it is pretty certain that there would be only a few who having once experienced the pleasures of Cricket, would ever desert it. The abolition of boating, unless ‘Between School Tubbing’ can be brought about, & by this means the improvement of Cricket ought to be a consideration to all.

No. 262

The race for the Silver Sculls was revived this year & won by Brinton.

The T.B.B & Q.S.S race was won by the Q.S.S. The crews were –

Bow. Kelly Bow. Bolton
2. Russell 2. Hill
3. Macnamara 3. Godfrey
4. Needham 4. Macnamara
5. Gamble 5. Jones
6. Maxwell 6. Brinton
7. Frere 7. Crowdy
Str. Batley Str. Williams
Cox. Randolph Cox. Pole


The T.B. Rudder was won by Batley & Russell.

The Leander race was also revived this year, and ended in favour of our opponents. The crews were –

The Leander Westminster
Bow. C.E. Haig Bow. A.P. Hill
2. A.R. Malden 2. R.D. Brinton
3. H.M. Mills 3. F.D. Crowdy
4. T. Parkinson 4. Q.H. Williams
5. A.Q. Gwatkin 5. C.A. Jones
6. H.J. Schwitz 6. C.C. Macnamara
7. Q.G. Chambers 7. H.C. Frere
Str. B.H. Buxton Str. Q. Batley
Cox. Q. Holden Cox. P.J.C. Randolph


L.S. Bristowe Prin Opp

No. 254

The first Old Westminster was rowed on July 21st, the day of the Charter-House match. The crews were-

Old Westminster Westminster
Bow. A. J. Kelly (P.W) Bow. A.P. Hill
2.       R.J. Boyd 2. R.D. Brinton
3.       W.H.A. Cowell 3. F.D. Crowdy
4.       A.B. Cartwright 4. Q.H. Williams
5.       H.S. Otter 5. C.A. James
6.       R.W.F. Harrison 6. C.C. Mcnamara
7.       H.T.V. Dawson 7. S.C Frere
Ste. Q.C. Johnstone Ste J.A. Battey
Cox. Newmason (P.W) Cox P.Q.C. Randolph


The course was from Putney to Battersea, the School Eight won by about 4 lengths, although getting a bad start.

One Thursday July 12rd a number of boats, including the Eight, rowed up to Richmond, as last year.

No. 250

The Eight is composed as follows –

St lbs
Bow A.P Hill Q.S
2. R.D. Brinton Q.S 9 7
3. F.D. Crowdy Q.S 9 5
4. Q.H. Williams Q.S 10 0
5. C.A. James Q.S 10 8
6. C.C. Macnamara Q.S 11 6
7. H.C. Frere T.B 10 6
Stroke. Q.A. Batley T.B 9 3
Cox. P.Q. Randolph T.B 5 6


The Scratch Fours have been rowed. For the first heat the contesting crews were-




Bow De. Saumarez Bow Kelly Bow Bolton
2. Courtenay 2. Russell 2. Glyn
3 H. Macnamara 3 Godfrey 3 Ellis
Str. Frere Str. Brinton Str. C. Macnamara
Cox. Newman Cox. Randolph Cox. Cuppage


Brinton’s boat won by three quarters of a length.

In the second heat round –

Middlesex 2.
Bow. Macmillan Bow. Dale
2. Buckley 2. Mead
3. Maxwell 3, Hill
Str. Batley Str. Crowdy
Cox. Newman Cox. Pole



Bow. Hebusley Bow. Rogers
2. C. Clarke 2. Whitlock
3. Alliffe 3, Needham
Str. James Str. Williams
Cox. Hayes Cox. F. Clarke


Crowdy won easily by two lengths. In the final heat the first two boats in each of the two heats competed. Brinton’s boat was eventually successful after a very exciting match race with Crowdy.

No. 222

T.B. & Queen Scholars Race

On Wednesday, August 1874

Rarely have the boats for this race appeared so evenly matched beforehand & rarely have they so fully justified expectation.

The crews were –

T.B. Q.S.
A. L. Kelly Crowdy
Fischer Brinton
Ellis Arnold
Macnamara Jones
Frere C Macnamara
Cartwright Williams
N – Batley Brickdale
Cox   Randolph Cox   G.M. Hill


The rowing was about 35 strokes a minute spurting up to 42-44.

The T.B.s were beaten by half a length after one of the hardest races on record.

M.M. Rodocanachi