19 June 2017
Rowing historian William ‘Bill’ Lanouette, a specialist on professional rowing, especially the famous Biglin brothers of New York, writes about yesterday’s article on the Paris Crew of New Brunswick:
The fun piece about the Paris Crew published yesterday on HTBS reminded me of this double-truck illustration I found in Saint John, featuring a singles race between Paris Crew stroke Robert Fulton and John Biglin of New York [in Canadian Illustrated News, 11 October 1873.]. A week later, Biglin had a big race in Halifax, so he took it easy against Fulton to make their race seem closer and boost the odds against him in the next race. But Biglin was too confident and Fulton beat him in the last stroke (top center panel). Biglin protesting (lower left) and his dejected fans being mocked by locals (right side third from top) are especially amusing, as is the public drunkenness (bottom second from left). Biglin stayed at the hotel (upper right) where James Renforth had died two years before.