The prize for a rowing race for Thames watermen. Claimed as the oldest race in the world, it was founded by Thomas Doggett in 1715, to commemorate the anniversary of the accession of King George I. The course is 7,400 metres long, between London Bridge and Cadogan Pier. The prize is a traditional Watermen's red coat with a silver badge added, displaying the horse of the house of Hanover and the word 'Liberty'. Monetary prizes are also donated by the Fishmongers' Company. The photograph is of three winners of the race c.1901. As the race is for apprentices, the chap in the middle must have been a late starter!
Credit for this entry to: Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk