VICTORIA is a racing 'four' rowing boat, built in 1855 by Mathew Taylor of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She has a wooden hull of carvel construction and was built for the Royal Chester Rowing Club, who used her to win both the Steward's and Wyfold Challenge cups at Henley Royal Regatta in 1855. They then ordered an 'eight' of similar design from the same maker and won the Grand Challenge Cup and Ladies Plate at Henley in 1856. VICTORIA is the oldest surviving example of a keel-less boat and was the predecessor of wooden shell construction, used until the introduction of plastics in the 1970s
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Dodd, Christopher, Henley Royal Regatta, 1981
Built for Royal Chester Rowing Club by Mathew Taylor of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Winner of both Steward's and Wyfold Challenge Cups at Henley Royal Regatta
On display at the River and Rowing Museum
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