Greetings From Toronto!

Rowing historian Bill Lanouette, expert on professional rowing, sent me an e-mail with greetings from Toronto, where he is on business.

“I couldn’t resist a ferry ride to Hanlan’s Point,” he writes. About Toronto’s great son and the statue erected to honour him, Bill points me in the directions of a web site, which states: “Raised on the Toronto Islands, Ned Hanlan [1855-1908] became a World Champion sculler in 1880. He is one of Canada’s most loved sports heroes of all time. To honour his achievements, the City of Toronto erected a monument to Ned Hanlan carved by famed sculptor Emanuel Hahn in 1926. Formerly on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition, this monument has been relocated to the site that bears his family name.” Hanlan’s Point is where Ned’s father had a hotel. Read more here.

Lovely photographs, Bill – thank you very much, indeed!

One comment

  1. Greetings: I have rowed competitively for 38 years, since 1973 at the Royal Canadian Henley course in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. I note with great interest your photos and post regarding Ned Hanlan. I am trying to assemble documents and history about Hanlan. I have recently purchased a silver trophy called the “Queen's Hotel Cup for Pair Oar and Shell” awarded at the very first regatta of the Canadian Association of Amateur Oarsmen (CAAO), in August 1880, the forerunner of the Royal Canadian Henley. I was largely responsible for the re-dedication of the Hanlan monument, on June 12, 2004, which included exhibition single races, with a turn, and my historical photos about Hanlan and his achievements. I would be grateful for assistance relating to any history about Ned Hanlan. Thank you kindly! Yours in rowing, Richard MacFarlane, Hanlan Boat Club, Toronto, Canada r n m a c f a r l a n e @ g m a i l . c o m

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