Friends of Rowing History
Established 1992

Welcome to our attempt to display some information about the History of Rowing with emphasis on North American rowing. This site will be an ongoing project. Hopefully over a period of time it will grow into a substantial resource on rowing history. We hope that all information is as accurate as can be. Sometimes the sources may be newspaper articles and personal recollections and may not be as accurate as expected. If you have any input, corrections, or suggestions - please contact us.

The Friends of Rowing History is an informal group interested in the rich history of rowing. In 1992 the group comprised of Ted English, Llewllyn Howland, Tom Mendenhall, Bill Miller, Hart Perry, Bob Reed, Julien Tavener, and Tom Weil assembled at the Union Boat Club - Boston to share their common interest in celebrating rowing's past. Many ideas were expressed on how to preserve this history before it all fades away and crumbles into dust.

We are working closely with the National Rowing Foundation and also with Mystic Seaport to help establish a rowing history presence. We are happy to have anyone with a similar interest join us as well and any organization or association that could use some support to contact us. Again this is a very informal and loosely organized group.

Please contact Bill Miller,

Take a look and enjoy!

Click on title or oar blades below to visit items:

To keep up with current rowing history discussion go to Hear The Boat Sing blog

Time-Line of Rowing - (complete time-line)
Beginning - 1849

National Rowing Hall of Fame & Rowing History Exhibit
The rowing exhibit at Mystic Seaport has been boxed for storage while we search for a new site.
                    There are a few great possibilities so we're taking our time to select the best one.

Essays, etc.
          Boat Clubs, Associations, Races and Regattas
                            held in the United States and Canada through 1860

         The Great International Boat Race of 1869
         Cornell's Influence on Washington and West Coast Rowing
         The Wild & Crazy Professionals
         List of Rowers Who Became Famous
         List of U.S. Patents relating to rowing & training equipment
    U.S. Collegiate Crew Trophies
         A Don's List - Notes on Brittain's Oar, Scull & Rudder
        Bayer Family Photo Essay
        The Harry & John H. Clasper Collection
         Fred Plaisted's Scrapbook
         James Renforth's Sculls
         The Development of Rowing Equipment
         Glendon's 1920 Olympic Scrapbook
         The Dangerously Neglected Legacy of Rowing
     Why Rowing Is Unique Among Team Sports
Rowing Women as Belles des Bateaux, or (To Say Nothing of the Cat)
         Nordic Rowing Goes Hollywood
     Samuel F. Gordon and the 1912 Olympic Rowing

Vintage Rowing Video Clips - links to many clips from British Pathe

True Stories

U.S. Team Members (also alphabetical list)
          Teams 1900-1960
         Teams 1961-1980
         Teams 1981-2000
         Teams 2001-present

Regatta Records
    Henley Royal Regatta
       U.S. Winners at HRR 
        Canadian Winners at HRR 
        Results of all Final Races - 1839-1939
  Results of all Final Races - 1946-2009
       Henley Women's Regatta - U.S. Winners
       Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) - 1895-2003
   New England Interscholastic Rowing Assoc.

The Rowing History Forum (Mystic CT)
                (Next Rowing History Forum unscheduled
while we search for a new Rowing History home)
     Past Rowing History Forums

Rowing Terms & Notes

Collecting Rowing Memorabilia
    Images (graphic emphasis)
        Magazine illustrations
  Phone Cards
  Postage Stamps
        Poster Stamps
  Sheet music
  Magazine advertisements
  Trade cards
  Misc. (calendars/ink blotters/etc.)
    Other Printed Materials
(text emphasis)
        Race/event programs
  Regatta & rowing event tickets
    Personal Items
  Memorabilia for sale

Assorted Rowing Images

Please Visit:
National Rowing Hall of Fame (USA)
    Göran Buckhorn's Rowing History Blog


Friends of Rowing History Directors
Göran Buckhorn - Mystic CT
Christopher Dodd - London UK   
Tim Koch - UK
Peter Mallory - San Diego CA
Bill Miller - Duxbury MA
Thomas Weil - Woodbridge CT

 Please contact us with your suggestions - Starboard Oar

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