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Sons of the Thames

Sons of the Thames is a rowing club in Hammersmith, London, England. It was originally formed in Putney over a hundred years ago with the aim, still enshrined in its constitution, to further the sport of rowing.


  • History 1
    • Possible connections 1.1
  • Results 2
    • Henley Royal Regatta 2.1
    • Henley Women's Regatta 2.2
  • Dewar Shield 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Originally a Trademen's club that boated from Erith, the club moved up river to Putney, boating from the Duke's Head, and then to Hammersmith. The latest move, in 2000, was to share the premises of 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 offers a Learn to Row course each summer. More experienced members and graduates moving on from university boat clubs are also very welcome and will be integrated into the training squads for Henley and other regattas.

The club's official founding date is 1886,[1] however there is evidence of crews racing under the "Sons of the Thames" name at least as far back as 1865.[2] See also Joseph Sadler Crew Races.

Possible connections

In 1861, Herbert Playford created the Sons of the Thames Regatta,[3] 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. [4] [5]

There are also mentions of a society called Sons of the Thames Society formed before 1790 to celebrate the annual Doggett's Coat and Badge sculling race.[6]


Henley Royal Regatta

Sons of the Thames enjoyed success in the 1960s, winning twice at Henley.[7]

Henley Women's Regatta

Sons of the Thames are the 2010 winners of the Frank Harry Cup at Henley Women's Regatta,[8] setting a new course record.[9]

Dewar Shield

Sons of the Thames, along with Auriol Kensington Rowing Club and Furnivall 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.[10] 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.[11][12]

See also


  1. ^ Amateur Rowing Association
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  7. ^ HRR 1946-2000
  8. ^ HWR race results
  9. ^ HWR course records
  10. ^ Auriol Kensington Rowing Club
  11. ^ East Durham 'People past and present' photograph archive
  12. ^

External links

  • Official website
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