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The Death of Renforth
Last updated: 25.01.17
The Death of Renforth celebrates the demise of one of Tyneside's greatest scullers, James Renforth. The version sung by the Tyneside Maritime Chorus, of which I became a member in March 2011, is by Rowland Harrison which is quite different to that given in Joe Wilson's Tyneside Songs and Drolleries. Both versions agree that Renforth was the king of scullers, the champein of Tyneside [sic] and Champion Sculler of the World.
Programmatically, this song goes well with Clasper's Testimonial which celebrates another Tyneside oarsman, Harry Clasper. This song may be found in the Tyneside Maritime Chorus songbook