This month (July 51/) a race was got up in outrigger pair oars for jests. The first boat having a quart & the 2nd two pint pewter pots. It was won after a beautiful race by Wright & Berens; Vincent & Hunt being second. The race was from Putney Br. to Battersea. For particulars vid. Water Ledger.
On Monday (July 8th/51) we had a race with an old Westminster crew, from Battersea bridge, to Putney. It was a splendid race our crew being beaten by half a boat’s length. We had originally arranged to row on the Thursday previous, but the old Westr crew not being able to get together on that day, we chose Friday. On asking Weare’s leave however, the objected to it on the score that Saturday was confirmation day, so in spite of the earnest wishes of both crews to row, we were compelled to defer it to some indefinite period. It came off however on Monday without the knowledge of the masters. For particulars vide Water Ledger.
The annual match race between the Under Election Four & the TB below the sixth came off Wednesday Ap. 23/51 & was eventually won by the T.B.s beating the Q.SS. by 4 lengths
2 E. Fellows
3 Hunt (sen)
(Cox) Wright cap. uq.
1 Williams (sec)
(Cox) Barnes cap uq
See Water Ledger
signed J. Murray
The usual match race between the old & new eight was rowed on Friday April 18th /51 & was won by the new eight beating the old by 3 or four lengths
2 Williams (sen)
3 Hunt (sen)
For Particulars see Water Ledger
J. Murray Prin Opp
A handsome present was made by a sixth form boy, C. Browne, in the shape of a silver rudder to be rowed for in pair oars, chosen only out of Town Boys, by lot. This was very handsome of Brown, & I am sure all Westminsters that patronise the noble exercise of rowing will feel greatly indebted to his generosity. It is to be hoped that from such inducements & encouragements to keep up the Water we shall be able in time again to assert our superiority over the other public schools in particular & rules see the Water ledger.
The Westminsters rowed in a four at Richmond.
– Burton Coxs
And also at Mortlake
– 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
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
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
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
A Town boy eight was formed, and which went on a few times; for crew vide water ledger.
I think it best to state here that seeing the low number of boys in the school a time ago & not anticipating the change of Master which has taken place, I have completed a copy of this Ledger (which was for that purpose begun by Joseph Preston our late Head TB) for my private possession so that if at any time damage or accident occur to this it can be replaced by application to me. The Cricket & Water Ledger I have not copied as they in most points agree with the QS. Ledgers.
The Etonians being anxious to regain their lost laurels of last year sent us a friendly chalenge to row them again this year which we readily accepted, and having obtained Williamson’s leave which he kindly gave us very readily we commenced training under our old friend Noulton and after several attempts ineffectual to fix the day it was at length fixed for the _
We rowed in the same boat as last year & over the same course which the Etonians at first objected to, but as we yielded the day they did the course. We again won the toss and took the Putney side as we raced from that place to Barkers rails. The Echo was engaged to accompany us with our friends but came very short of that as they only saw us to Hammersmith Bridge our crew consisted this year of
Rich (stroke) QS
Barton (cox) QS
We started very evenly they had the start however if any difference was between us we however drew ahead & at Hammersmith Bridge were clean ahead & rather gained till we eventually won by several boats lengths. This victory was the more pleasing for us as it made the matches between us even, both having won four there were at that time more than 700 in Eton and about 80 in Westminster making the victory state doubly great. For further particulars see Water Ledger