In 1901, Penn was represented by Coach Ellis
Ward and his eight oared crew at the Henley Regatta in England.
This event was a highlight of Ward's long tenure as coach from the
beginnings of intercollegiate
crew at Penn in 1877 until Ward's departure from Penn in 1912.
Penn's presence at Henley reflected the prominent position of Penn
in the world of rowing at that time.
Newspapers gave full coverage to the crew, beginning with documenting
the enthusiastic crowds that gave the Penn men a grand send off.
On the voyage to England, photographers snapped shots of the crew
training on rowing machines attached to the deck of the boat. Photographs
were taken at every stop on the crew's tour of England, culminating
with the Henley regatta itself.
At the regatta, the Penn Crew had to row a far shorter distance
than they were used to, and therefore had to change its strategy.
The Penn crew was composed of R. R. Zane, R. H. Eisenbrey, F. L.
Davenport, S. Crowther, Jr., A. H. Flickwir, G. S. Allen, W. G.
Gardiner, J. P. Gardiner, and L. J. Smith as coxswain with A C.
Jackson and A. J. Kuhnmuench as substitutes. The Penn Crew won both
of its trial heats at the regatta, but lost in the final to the
English Leander crew.
This journey was a success. Penn left Henley with the distinction
of being the only American eight man crew to mount a serious challenge
to Britain's retention of the Grand Challenge Cup, the most prized
trophy in amateur rowing.
More photographs of the Penn crew on this trip can be viewed
by searching for "Henley" in the University
Archives Online Digital Image Collection.