The Annual Register; World Events ... Volume 101

The Annual Register; World Events ... Volume 101

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...started. The two English pairs came in first, pulled by Thomas White, George Drewitt, Robert Bain, and George Driver; a very good race, the Frenchmen gradually falling off astern after half the course was over. Immediately after the pair the above four were off for the four-oared race, and they had to pull against fresh crews. This race was the hardest of the day. A very plucky French crew hung on to the English four, and it was not till the race was two-thirds over that the British pluck showed its superiority, their opponents falling into the background. After these successive defeats there was some delay in bringing on the six-oared race, owing to the French crews trying to pick the six best men out of their whole numbers in order to defeat the English, who, they began to hope, by this time, were getting used up; but at last three boats got in line--the English four, to complete the number of six, were joined by Messrs. Lowe and Mr. Arthur himself. Off went the gun, away went the English, gradually increasing their distance ahead of the others, when, alas! the floating blade of an oar placed itself right across the bow of the boat, ploughing up the water awfully, and, strange to say, although bow attempted to remove it with his oar, it stuck on. The mishap soon caused the boats behind to creep up, but a tremendous spurt was put on by the English crew, who managed still to keep their boat ahead with the oar blade still clinging on, till at the turn it was knocked away, and an easy run home settled the day's sport. The people seemed quite surprised how the English had managed to keep up under such great exertion without any apparent fatigue. The English crews rowed each race in new boats, built for Mr. Arthur by Wyld, of Lambeth" At...show more

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  • Paperback | 450 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 798g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236837886
  • 9781236837882