1910: 67th BOATRACE - Oxford by 3½ lengths. Oxford 36, Cambridge 30. See Boatrace 1910s
1910: HEAD OF THE RIVER - Magdalen
1911: 68th BOATRACE - Oxford by 2¾ lengths. Oxford 37, Cambridge 30. See Boatrace 1910s
1910: HEAD OF THE RIVER - New College
1912: 69th BOATRACE - Oxford by 6 lengths. Oxford 38, Cambridge 30. See Boatrace 1910s
On the Saturday Cambridge sank, and then Oxford stopped to empty their boat and the umpire called the race off.
The race was re-run on the Monday - in even worse weather.
Cambridge swim for it in 1912
1912: William Blair in the Arena Magazine summons various poets to contibute in their own style -
Milton as stakeboat man:
This he. Whereat the coin, descending swift,
What seemed the likeness of a head displayed ...
Browning as oarsman:
Not a jest, not a jorum; we bent to our yoke,
Neck by neck, swing by swing, never changing our stroke;
Meredith as spectator:
Quicker fall the blades as the grim Stroke stretches
In his scant zephyr, calling on his crew,
Arms out, he lengthens. O the bluish oar-blades!
O the stark aloofness of the star-skied Blue!
Browning is still pulling:
'Twas ding-dong at Crabtree; but as we draw near,
Harrod's Stores, rowing strong, we begin to pull clear ...
Tennyson is coxing:
Neat and low, neat and low,
Stroke of the 'Varsitee,
Low, low, swing and row,
Stroke of the 'Varsitee!
Swing and kick, swing and kick,
Hammersmith Bridge is past;
Kick, kick, and feather quick,
Hammersmith Bridge is past.
Browning is having a rotten time:
By the meadows six fainted, and Cox cried, 'Jump clear!
You are dead to the world, and you look pretty queer,
We'll remember at Mortlake' - One felt the quick spring
Of the boat, saw the splashed spray and widening ring,
And spurted, with horrible heaves of the oar,
As Six, Five, Four, Three, Two, and Bow swam ashore.
Anon is a frantic coach on the launch:
'Why does your blade drap in sae deep,
Why does your blade drap in sae deep,
And why sae bad row ye, O?'
'O I hae strained my rigger sair,
O I hae strained my rigger sair,
And I canna feather free, O.'
Dobson is in trouble:
I intended a spurt,
And it turned to a bucket.
Oh, I'll lay my last shirt
I intended a spurt ...
Meanwhile, Browning won the race on his own:
Then I flung of my zephyr, as Seven fell slack,
Seized hold of his oar at the small of my back,
Stood up on the slide as I swung to and fro,
Called to Cox to give ten, doing forty or so,
Banged the rowlocks, sang songs (with the foe looking done),
Till at length into Mortlake I spurted and won.
Byron wrote the epitaph:
Last eve beheld them full of beans,
Last night brought early bed, the dawning grey
The needle - and who knows what that means! - - - - - [Not I!]
The morn the race itself - the close of day
Dinner's beneficently-big display!
The Empire last receives them, where when shent
They shake the earth anew with sterner fray -
Whence they are outed, bruised, and well content,
Isis and Cam - friend, foe - to one grim Vine Street sent!
For stroke's strained rigger see 1872 when the great Goldie was Cambridge stroke.
Vine Street was the Magistrate's Court where over rowdy celebrants landed up on the following morning!
1912: HEAD OF THE RIVER - New College
1913: 70th BOATRACE - Oxford by ¾ length. Oxford 39, Cambridge 30. See Boatrace 1910s
1913: HEAD OF THE RIVER - New College
1914: 71st BOATRACE - Cambridge by 4½ lengths. Oxford 39, Cambridge 31. See Boatrace 1910s
Oxford Bow, R W Fletcher was killed in Action 1914/15
1914: HEAD OF THE RIVER - University College
There were no Boat Races during the World War in 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918 & 1919.
Nor were there Oxford "Head of the River" records.
George Drinkwater in "The Boat Race" says that forty two old blues lost their lives on active service during "the war to end all wars".
He calls it "the great catastrophe".
His book ended in 1938 with the pious hope that no such interruption to the annual event would ever occur again.
George died in an air raid in the Second World War, (that would be the one after "the War to end all Wars").
Don't human beings make you sick? But rowing is a small part of the antidote! Keep taking it!
In 1914 after seventy one boat races the overall tally was Oxford 39, Cambridge 31 (and one dead heat)
1913 marked the second equal highest peak of Oxford's leadership over Cambridge (39 to 30).
(The highest was in 1898: 32 to 22)
Leadership in Overall Tally of Boat Race Wins:
|1829 - - - Cambridge - - - - 1863 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Oxford - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1914|