Boating Club 1860

Boating in Brattleboro.---

There are now four boat clubs in this village, all of which are fully organized, to say nothing of the numerous wherries, shells and like smaller craft. The oldest of these is the Green Mountain Club organized about three years since. This club has purchased a new and very beautiful boat built by Darling of New York. It is a lap-streak boat 43 feet long and carries six oars. It is made of the best quality of cedar wood and is unpainted. Its appointments throughout are in keeping with the boat. She cost $258, is named the "Buckner Brothers," and is to be launched to-morrow (Saturday).

"The Wantastiquet" is a six-oared, lap-streak boat, built in 1859 by James of Brooklyn, N. Y., for the Wantastiquet Club. It is about the same size of the Buckner Brothers. This club has built a new boat house just below the Connecticut River Bridge.

The "Surprise," a six-oared boat, formerly the "Swift-Water," and owned by the Green Mountain Club, has been purchased by a new organization known as the Surprise Club. The merits of this boat are well known.

The "Eureka," belonging to the Eureka Club, is a four-oared boat of excellent model and merit.

With these four boats all well manned our citizens may reasonably look forward to a lively boating season this summer. We would suggest the propriety, now that our inland fleet has grown to such respectable dimensions, of a general meeting of all the clubs and the election of a Commodore. The election of the right man for that place would be of great service to the fleet generally.

It may be well for us to suggest also that oarsmen should indulge in their favorite sport in moderation, as a writer in the London Times says :

"Almost all young men who have been at Oxford and Cambridge, especially those who have meddled much in boat-races, have as a rule diseased blood-vessels, arteries, or veins, and very many of them diseased and dilated hearts - all brought on by the strain and undue excitement ('remora' we, the doctors, call it) of the circulation induced by pulling at boat-races. In fact, the matter is now well recognized both at insurance offices and in the administration of chloroform amongst the upper classes, where diseased heart is to be avoided. It would seem the delicate fibres of the hearts of the boys and lads sent to Oxford especially at once give way before this pressure or remora."
Vermont Phoenix, May 19, 1860.

Dr. James Conland may be this article's author.

Remora, noun, Latin, from re and moror, to delay.

The sucking fish, a species of Echenels, which is said to attach itself to the bottom or side of a ship and retard motion. It is a small fish, found in the Mediterranean and other seas.

Surgical instrument intended to retain parts in their places.


Vermont Phoenix, March 10, 1860

The club boat "Wantastiquet" long and trim, like some rare sea serpent, is passing through the streets as we write, in the hands of a crew of ten men. The river being open and free from ice, she is to be launched, we presume, for the season. A more beautiful craft for fast sailing we have never seen.







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