Author: R.C. Lehmann
Published: 1898
Language: English
Wordcount: 79,842 / 234 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69.1
LoC Category: GV
Downloads: 504
Added to site: 2011.06.19
mnybks.net#: 30198
Genre: Instructional
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y Jack Clasper, in which Harding won the Searle Memorial Cup, was only nineteen pounds, i.e. about 112 pounds lighter than the man it carried. Considering the amount of labour and trained skill that go towards the construction of these beautiful machines, the price cannot be said to be heavy. Most builders will turn you out a sculling-boat for from [L]12 to [L]15, a pair for about [L]20, a four for [L]33, and an eight for [L]55. But the development of the racing type to its present perfection has taken many years. Little did the undergraduates who, in 1829, drove their ponderous man-of-war's galleys from Hambledon Lock to Henley Bridge, while the stricken hills of the Thames Valley rebounded to the shouts of the spectators--little did they imagine that their successors, rowing on movable seats and with rowlocks projecting far beyond the side would speed in delicate barques, of arrowy shape and almost arrowy swiftness, from Putney to Mortlake--in barques so light and "crank" that, built as they are wi

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