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By pmallory - Posted on 22 June 2012

22 June 2012

The description of my ongoing project to restore historic oars has yielded a number of great responses, including:

Peter -

Eccentricity abounds. [A photo of a beautiful New Hampshire loft] Empacher double, 7 sets of sculling oars, Cambridge Boat Club flag. Not visible: Sy's Pocock blades used in Diamonds win.

Best, Gail [Pierson Cromwell, member of the 1975 World Silver Medal Red Rose Crew and widow of 1964 Olympic Sculling Silver Medalist Seymour Cromwell]

Remember my quest for correct period logos for my 1970s Pocock sweep oars? Well, my cup now runneth over.

Peter –

I still have my UW oar that I used in the 1952 Olympic Trials back East. The decal is green and “rounded” rather than oval. Did you ask Stan Pocock? . . . as I thought he had a stack of the decals you’re looking for at one time.

Regards,Guy [Harper, stroke of the 1952 University of Washington Varsity Eight]

hi, peter; i read with interest your piece on collecting old oars. while i was at yale, the university gave the varsity oarsmen their oars if they beat harvard in the four mile race. i have my three oars from my harvard races. i seem to recollect that pocock had two types of decals for his name, switching them every other year. two of my oars have "Geo Pocock" in green oval decals, and another one in a blue oval inside of a box. the years would be '54, '55 and '56. does this make sense? my olympic oar is above the bar in the yale club in new york. i have not seen it in forty years.

cheers, tom [charlton, captain of the 1956 Yale Olympic Champion Varsity Eight]

Peter - I did find some of the stickers and will send a couple of them on to you.


What a joy it is to be able to get a response from Stan Pocock himself! His life growing up in the Pocock shop, working beside his father, coaching Lake Washington Rowing Club to multiple Olympic titles, carrying on the family business and ensuring it would reach 100 years and beyond, all that is an inspiration to all. A national treasure.

Guy Harper and the Pocock Spirit Group would love to see Stan get the USRowing Medal of Honor, as would I. If you agree, please email Brett Johnson of the USRowing Nominating Committee at

So now I have the logo stickers I need for the oars I am presently working on . . . and the artwork I need to have more made. Life is good. Many thanks to everyone who pitched in to help me out.

p.s. Still looking for a 1980s-era Concept2 adjustable plastic sweep collar!