Lies, Damned Lies and the 1877 Boat Race | Re-post

An artist’s view of the finish of the 1877 Oxford – Cambridge Boat Race.

An artist’s view of the finish of the 1877 Oxford – Cambridge Boat Race.

This is a particularly fascinating post for me as my maternal great-grandfather, Benedict Hoskyns, rowed for Cambridge in 1877. The oar he used is still in the family.

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300 Years of Doggett’s Coat and Badge

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doggett1_2501 August 1715 was the first instance of Doggett’s Coat and Badge rowing race between newly-qualified watermen, up the Thames from London Bridge to Chelsea. Unlike today, there were no further bridges to pass under and the river was almost entirely unembanked, hence considerably wider than today. Once past Westminster, the vista would have been comparatively sparce of buildings on both banks. The boats are notably different too. The original participants raced in the craft of their craft: a wherry, the London cab of its day.  Today, the racers are more fortunate, using modern Olympic class single skulls. This race has been competed almost every year since, making it the longest continuously-run sporting event in the world. Yet compared with the much newer Boat Race (1829), it is hardly known. The prize for the winner is a handsome scarlet coat decorated with a solid silver sleeve badge. It comes with a dinky matching…

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Lies, Damned Lies and the 1877 Boat Race

This is a particularly fascinating post for me as my maternal great-grandfather, Benedict Hoskyns, rowed for Cambridge in 1877. The oar he used is still in the family.

Hear The Boat Sing

An artist’s view of the finish of the 1877 Oxford – Cambridge Boat Race.

Tim Koch writes:

Those of us who grandly award ourselves the title of ‘historian’ like to think that we are in constant pursuit of  ‘the truth’ as if were some piece of buried treasure waiting to be dug up. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. Perhaps the best known idea on the unreliability of ‘historical truth’ is that ‘history is written by the victors’. In a similar vein, Sir Winston Churchill held that ‘history will be kind to me – for I intend to write it’. Historical truth changes over time as, at best, it can only reflect the present or the dominant consensus. However, while truth may be difficult to establish, lies are (arguably) slightly easier to expose. I have spent the last few months working on a rebuttal of a very big and very entrenched lie…

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