An older version

of this article

once appeared

on rowing historian

Bill Miller’s  website

Friends of Rowing History.

The following updated version in two parts

has some interesting information

that has emerged since the first version was published.

It puts a new light on  Constance MacEwen’s  novel

Three Women in One Boat  (1891)

as MacEwen was married to a sculling star.

Never out of print since it was first published in 1889,

Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)  by  Jerome K. Jerome

is the wittiest and funniest book ever written about a rowing trip on the River Thames.

Never has Father Thames seen recreational rowing celebrate such triumphs in idleness

as when ‘J’, Harris, George and the dog Montmorency go on a water Odyssey.