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Oxford wins the traditional University Boat Race on the Thames when the Cambridge boat sinks

England and Wales, 1857, zoomable map
04/15/1859
The annual university Boat Race on the Thames, over four and a quarter miles from Putney and Mortlake has been regularly contested since 1839 between boats from Oxford and Cambridge Universities. The race in 1859 took place on a blustery day and rough water troubled both crews. Cambridge was shipping more water than Oxford, however, and when a spectator steam boat pushed too close its wash swamped the favored Cambridge crew and Oxford rowed on to victory. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1859 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1860), 50-51.

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