HTBS received an e-mail from William ‘Bill’ Howze, who writes:
‘Just discovered your terrific blog, and thought your readers might be interested in my photos from a regatta on the Schuylkill in Philadelphia, probably in 1971, when I was coaching the lightweight crew of Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. It was an interesting time, when European boats and boat builders were being brought to the U.S., boats were becoming lighter, and new materials were introduced. Compare the ‘barn door’ rudders of the older Pococks with the hand-size Schoenbrods, or the spare Stämpfli, or coaming with the baroque Donoratico. Would any of your readers know the builder of the boat with the S & B logo?’
Take a look at Bill’s photographs here. For those of you who rowed in 1971 (or later in the 1970s), Bill’s images are really a journey to the past, when rowers rowed WOOD.
Regarding the ‘S & B’ logo, it might refer to Shew & Burnham, a boat builder located in Maine. But Shew & Burmham was/is mostly renowned as a boat builder of wider, so-called Whitehall boats that could be both rowed and sailed. Any of you readers who can give Bill more information? Thank you.