Induction portrait by / Portrait de l’intronisé par Marjory Donaldson
  • Rowing
  • 1972
  • Team

The Paris Crew (D)

Robert Fulton Samuel Hutton George Price Elijah Ross

Literally hundreds of thousands of words have been written about this four-man crew from Saint John, New Brunswick, as they rowed their way “for glory and renown” from the Seine in Paris to their final race in Philadelphia. In 1867 they scored a stunning pair of upset victories in Paris to win the World Championship and in 1868 they added the Championship of America to their growing list of triumphs. But they are remembered best for their loss to the Tyne crew in 1870 and their successful rematch at Kennebecasis in August of 1871, a contest that cost James Renforth of England his life. They have been described as “thoroughly good and powerful fellows” for the masterly way they rowed the “James A. Harding” to victories over lighter craft and conventional oarsmen. In 1870 it was written:

“New Brunswick greets New Brunswick’s choice,
And though we’re beat, we still rejoice!”

All New Brunswickers should rejoice again as these amazing world champions are added to the illustrious roster of the Sports Hall of Fame.

Enrolled in the New Brunswick Sport Hall of Fame, June 3, 1972

Quick Facts

  • Crew comprised of Saint John oarsmen George Price, Robert Fulton, Elijah Ross and Samuel Hutton
  • Won both world championship races at 1867 Paris Regatta by scoring upsets and became known as the Paris Crew
  • Won the 1868 Championship of America at Springfield, Mass., by defeating the Ward brothers
  • Won races at Lachine, Toronto and Niagara in 1868
  • Won numerous provincial and international titles
  • Inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1956
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