My report on the 2021 Doggett’s Coat and Badge, a sculling race for newly qualified Thames Watermen that has run for more than 300 years, contained over forty photographs. However, I hold that you can never have too many images of this unique event as, running between London Bridge and Chelsea’s Albert Bridge, the race spans over four-and-a-half miles of liquid history.
The pictures here are from two sources. The ones that I took are of a few interesting features along the Victoria Embankment, home to Crown Pier, the embarkation point for the press and for spectators from the Watermen’s Company and from the Fishmongers’ Company. The remainder are by Kerry Ahearn, a man whose Twitter account describes him as “Retired English professor, Oregon State University” and “Active masters competitor with Corvallis Rowing Club”. Kerry was in London to do research on 18th-century watermen and so it was entirely appropriate that he witnessed an event that the subjects of his studies would have been very familiar with.