Cambridge University Rowing Rudder.
An original presentation trophy rudder 'Lady Margaret 2nd May Boat' with gold calligraphy and college insignia. This is the former property of H.M. Stewart who was the cox. The college crest is of St John's College, Cambridge, England and The Lady Margaret Boat Club is the rowing club for its members. We also have a second rudder of Stewart's that would make a great companion to this one.
The calligraphy on the rudder reads:
Thames Challenge Cup Record, Fawley 3.19 Finish 6.51,
Lady Margaret 2nd May Boat, 1949,
Bow. N.W. Ashworth, 11.5
2. T.W.W. Pemberton, 12.1
3. W.M. Dixon, 12.6
4. E.M.B. Loft, 12.10
5. A.B. Ruth, 12.13
6.R.K. Hayward, 13.5
7. G.W. Harding, 12.1
Str. R.S. Emery, 11.10
Cox. H.M. Stewart, 8.13
Coaches, Dr J.R. Owen, R. Meldrum, R.H.H. Symonds
Corpus I + King's I + 1st & 3rd Trinity II + Magdalene I + Trinity Hall II +
Henley Royal Regatta is an annual rowing event in Oxfordshire held on the River Thames. It is held over the first week in July and last for 5 days. The races are head to head knock out competitions attracting local, national and international teams and one particular challenge is the 'Thames Challenge Cup', a rowing event for men's eights.
Any crew which records four consecutive bumps is said to have 'gained their oars'. The prize being a full-size oar decorated with the names of the full crew in gold lettering on the college colours for each rower. The cox is given a decorated rudder and the coach receives a decorated wooden shield with a mock-up of the bow end of a boat.