The Paris Crew
Literally hundreds of thousands of words have been written about this our-man crew from Saint John, New Brunswick, as they rowed their way "for glory and renown" from the Seine in Paris to their final race in Philadelphia. In 1867 they scored a stunning pair of upset victories in Paris to win the World Championship and in 1868 they added the Championship of America to their growing list of triumphs. But they are remembered best for their loss to the Tyne crew in 1870 and their successful rematch at Kennebecasis in August 1871, a contest that cost James Renforth of England his life. They have been described as "thoroughly good and powerful fellows" for the masterly way they rowed the "James A. Harding" to victories over lighter craft and more conventional oarsmen. In 1870 it was written:
New Brunswick greets New Brunswick's choice, and though we're beat, we still rejoice!
All New Brunswickers should rejoice again as these amazing world champions are added to the illustrious roster of the N.B. Sports Hall of Fame.
Enrolled in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, June 3,1972.