|Here are shown eight men rowing, their oars at "stand by your oars, a Bowhook, and the Coxswain using a Sweep Oar for steering.
This may be a 24 foot Monomoy...it belonged to the School Ship S.S. John W. Brown. These photos are not from the race of '61, but collected from different sites about rowing. No photos of the '61 race survive...in fact no documentation of the race exists except here.
The "Stroke Oarsman" is normally seated just forward of the Coxswain, and to his left.
Now, consider how we get up to this point of Stand By Your Oars. As you can see, the Oarsmen sit two to a thwart facing aft...the Coxswain at the stern. Before this order of Stand By Your Oars, the oars are lying, blades forward, the most forward Oarsman's oar the furthest outboard...in other words the most aft Oarsman's oar the furthest inboard, and the first to be lifted by that Oarsman, and placed like you see in the photo. However, first the Coxswain's Sweep Oar, which lays between the Oarsmen along the Thwarts, blade aft, is run aft by the inboard Oarsmen to the Coxswain.
The reverse goes for Boat Your Oars...from the position of Oars, the most forward Oarsman lifts his oar, and runs it aft, grip, or handle first, down the side bench of the boat, and up against the gunwale, under the oars of those in front of him. The next most forward Oarsman does the same, assuring the blade of his oars lays flat on top of the previous oar stowed, but the loom ( the round shank of the oar ) on the side bench, inboard of the previous oar.
The same is repeated until all the oars are stowed, the most aft Oarsman's oar the last oar, and most inboard stowed. Then the Coxswain's Sweep Oar is stowed down the centerline of the boat blade aft. It all goes quite fast.
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