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Yesterday afternoon the crew tried the tank. It was not at all satisfactory. The oars were horribly clumsy, the volume of water to be moved was too great and the current did not move with any freedom, nor did the rowing offer any resemblance to boating. The clumsiness of the oars was made by cutting a large hole in the blade and tacking upon the remaining portions thick strips of wood. The water going through the hole made the oar feel dead, while the strips of wood on the blades made them very heavy. There was a tendency in all of the oars to sink in the water so that a great effort was necessary to keep them at the surface. Mr. Keyes thinks that oars without any holes in them will work very much better. Besides the oars the volume of water to be moved makes the labor excessive. It is though that the tank can be improved by narrowing the compartment in which the oars move. Everyone will be thankful when the time comes to go on the water; and this time, from the looks of the weather, is not far off. The tank is at best only a poor substitute for a boat of any kind. If the crew rows till the end of this month is the tank they are sure to have the faults of having a bad hang at full reach, a great splash at the catch, a great jerk at the finish, and a general feeling of helplessness. The faults of the crew at present are a lack of life, a want of stretcher work, and a hang at the full reach. To be sure the men are not trying to row hard but there is a very glaring want of any use of the stretcher. It is early in the year to talk of leg-work but some of the men have an up and down movement of the shoulders which seems to prove not only the non-existence of any present thought of the stretcher but to leave small chance of ever learning it well in the future. The men and their latest weights are as follows:
First crew-1. Herrick, '90, 161 pounds; 2. Pulsifer, '90, 170; 3. Keyes, 1 Law, 175; 4, Hartridge, '90, 154; 5, Perkins, '91, 170: 6. Lothrop, '90, 160; 7. Jones, '92, 160; 8. Goddard, '92, 188.
Second crew-2. Fuzhugh, '91, 170; pounds; 3. Blanchard, '91, 170; 4. Nelson, Sp., 160; 5. Upham, '90, 188; 6. Powers, '92, 158; 7. Winthrop, '91, 157; 8. Watriss, '92, 163.
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