A Decorated Oar Blade, Cambridge University Boatrace Crew 1877 84 x 16cm.(33 x 6.5in.)

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Lot 288
A Decorated Oar Blade, Cambridge University Boatrace Crew 1877
84 x 16cm.(33 x 6.5in.)

Sold for £ 621 (US$ 760) inc. premium
A Decorated Oar Blade, Cambridge University Boatrace Crew 1877
Bow: BG Hoskyns 10.11, 2:TW Lewis 11.9, 3: JC Fenn 11.7, 4: WB Close 11.9, 5: LG Pike 12.8, 6: C Gurdon 12.13, 7: TE Hockin 12.11, Str. CD Shafto 12.0, Cox GL Davis 7.2 "Dead Heat" 84 x 16cm.(33 x 6.5in.)

Footnotes

  • The 1877 Boat Race is unique in being the only race to be recorded as finishing as a Dead Heat. The Cambridge crew were largely drawn from the previous year's winners, but Oxford had pulled out a good lead by half-way, when the bow oar sprung, reducing the crew to seven men. Cambridge drew level and a close tussle was fought to the finish. Starting and finishing was a more inaccurate procedure in those days and John Phelps the Umpire's final judgement was " a Dead Heat to Oxford by six feet". In contrast, the 2003 race was won by Oxford by a mere one foot.
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