- Sons of the Thames
Infobox Rowing Club
ClubName = Sons of the Thames Rowing Club
Coordinates = coord|51|29|25.4|N|0|14|19.6|W|region:GB_scale:2000|display=title,inline|name=Sons of the Thames Rowing Club
Founded = 1886
Website = www.sonsrowing.org.uk
Affiliations = ARA
Sons of the Thames is a rowing club in
Hammersmith, London, England. It was originally formed in Putneyover a hundred years ago with the aim, still enshrined in its constitution, to further the sport of rowing.
Originally a Trademen's club who boated from their first premises at the
Dukes Headin Putney, Sons has moved westwards to Hammersmith. The latest move, in 2000, was to share the premises of [http://www.linden-house.org/ Linden House] , on Upper Mall, with London Corinthian Sailing Club. The building has a 999 year lease, so another move is not expected soon. The club welcomes novices and more experienced members for their Henley squads.
The club's official founding date is 1886 [ [http://www.ara-rowing.org/clubs/sons-thames-rc Amateur Rowing Association] ] , however there is evidence of crews racing under the "Sons of the Thames" name at least as far back as 1865. [cite book|title=The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes|chapter=Boating|pages=298|author=Henry Charles FitzRoy Somerset Beaufort, Henry Somerset Beaufort, Alfred Edward Thomas Watson|publisher=Longmans, Green|date=1888|volume=29]
In 1861, Herbert Playford created the Sons of the Thames Regatta, [cite book|date=1868|title=The Rowing calendar and aquatic register|publisher=
|author=Edwin Dampier Brickwood|pages=p125] to bring forward new junior rowers. The race was held on the Thames between Putney and Hammersmith and had the distinction that the competitors must not use slides. [http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=x4F6W5Twd9cC&q=%22sons+of+the+thames+regatta%22&dq=%22sons+of+the+thames+regatta%22&ei=OSRdSLy_I5WQjgGT8dm-Dw] [cite journal|title=Baily's Magazine of Sports and Pastimes|journal=Baily's Magazine of Sports and Pastimes|date=Feb-Aug 1863|volume=6|publisher=Baily Bros.|authour=(various)]
There are also mentions of a society called Sons of the Thames Society formed before 1790 to celebrate the annual
Doggett's Coat and Badgesculling race. [cite journal|pages=606|journal=Bentley's Miscellany|publisher=Richard Bentley|author=Ainsworth, William Harrison,(1805-1882),Charles Dickens,(1812-1870), William Harrison Ainsworth;Smith, Albert,(1816-1860), Albert Smith, George Cruikshank, Hablot Knight Browne|date=1841|volume=9|Footnote to short story "Merrie England"|title=Footnote to "Merrie England" short story|url=http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=WboRAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA606&dq=%22sons+of+the+thames%22&lr=&ei=GRFdSJm2MaaojgGtrNCPDA#PPA606,M1]
Henley Royal Regatta
Sons of the Thames enjoyed success in the 1960s, winning twice at Henley. [ [http://www.rowinghistory.net/HRR%20US/hrr_1946-2000.htm HRR 1946-2000] ]
Wyfold Challenge Cup
Silver Goblets & Nickalls' Challenge Cup, AJ Sutton & PJW Sharp.
Sons of the Thames, along with Auriol Kensington and Furnival Sculling Club organise a yearly head race, the winners of which receive the Dewar Challenge Shield. The race covers half the Championship Course in the opposite direction, starting at Chiswick Bridge and finishing at Hammersmith Bridge.
The shield is named after Alice Dewar, a Furnival Captain in 1909. [ [http://www.akrowing.com/results.php?result=2008-dewar Auriol Kensington Rowing Club] ] However there are many other "Dewar Challenge Shields" that were presented by Sir Thomas Dewar dating from around the same time and which are very similar in design, so it's possible the origins of the shield may be different. [ [http://www.easington.gov.uk/services/photos/picviewer.asp?next=1395 East Durham 'People past and present' photograph archive ] ] [http://www.belgraveharriers.com/sot/Sot.pdf]
Rowing on the River Thames
* [http://www.sonsrowing.org.uk/ Sons of the Thames official website]
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