WCIT Cito Lecture 2022 “Wherrymen and Watermen”

31st March 2022 from 6:00pm — 9:00pm • WCIT Hall

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“Wherrymen and Watermen”- The evolution of contemporary rowing on the River Thames

Many of you have attended Livery functions at Fishmongers’ Hall or have participated in the River Thames Luncheon Club, so the above coat and badge will be very familiar. For those who have not seen it, this is the uniform of a Doggett’s Coat and Badge winner. This year’s Cito Lecture will be given by Bob Crouch, former Master of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen, Queen’s Waterman 1981-2001, Bargemaster to Her Majesty the Queen and Doggett’s Coat and Badge winner 1958. Bob built his own pleasure boat business on the Thames and is a successful author publishing several books on the history and the traditions of London’s famous river.

Bob will explain how oared powered transport started; how and why the Company of Watermen and Lightermen is a Company without Livery; why the Lightermen joined the Watermen; and how the traditions of Livery barges and wherry wagers were developed. He will also explain how Fine –Boat rowing developed into a high-tech sport.

The lecture will be followed by a reception.

Admission is £25 with any surplus going to the WCT Cutter Fund.