Object Detail


Object Name
boat
Description
The Victoria, 1854.

Matthew Taylor of Newcastle-on-Tyne built this boat for Royal Chester Rowing Club in 1854. It is the earliest surviving example of carvel smooth-bottomed construction, created by bringing the keel inboard. Royal Chester used it to win both the Stewards' and the Wyfold challenge cups at Henley in that year. In the following year the club ordered an eight from Taylor in which they won the Grand and the Ladies' Plate. There is some evidence that another Tyne professional, Harry Clasper, built a keeless boat in 1842. Between them the Geordie boatbuilders opened the way to shell construction.
Accession No
1999.13
Collection
Rowing
Associated Date
1854
Associated Period
19th century
Associated Event
Henley Royal Regatta, 1855
Date
1854

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