Nova Scotia Archives

Tom Connors: 'The Old Sport'

James Hamill versus Walter Brown Hudson River at Newburgh, N.Y.

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For the championship of America and a $4000 purse, James Hammill (right) and Walter Brown sculled a five-mile race on the Hudson River at Newburgh, N.Y., Sept. 9, 1867. To see the race, sportsmen, gamblers, and socialites sailed up from New York in schooners and side-wheelers, booed lustily as Hammill was disqualified.

Date: September 1867

Reference no.: Tom Connors Nova Scotia Archives accession 1987-218 no. 182