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George F Logan

Mercantile Rowing Club (VIC)

George Forbes Logan was one of the key links between Mercantile Rowing Club, the old Warehousemen's Rowing Club and racing amongst the warehouse companies.

The following obituary appeared in the 1943-44 annual report.

The death of Mr. George Logan, on 14th July, has severed yet another link with the earlier years pf the Mercantile Club.

Although it is now a number of years since Mr. Logan had taken an active part in rowing, he was formerly prominent in Club crews, and won a number of Maiden, Junior and Senior races. His racing career culminated in his selection in the Victorian crew which competed in the Interstate race at Hobart in 1910.

He also competed in a number of contests for the Warehousemen's Boat Race, as a member of crews representing Paterson, Laing and Bruce Ltd., in which firm he rose to be managing director. 

Possessed of an unassuming disposition, Mr. Logan nevertheless inspired confidence in all the crews in which he rowed, and was held in high regard, not only amongst members of this Club, but amongst others.

His sterling qualities and fine sportsmanship gained for him many friends. 

1910 Victorian crew with George in the three seat

1903 Blackwood Fours Trophy - a Cheese Board
Race sponsored by the then President Arthur Blackwood

1906 Bairnsdale Regatta trophy - a meat platter

Known rowing history

1903 - Mercantile Rowing Club Blackwood Fours - First

1905 - Footscray Regatta, Maiden Four, two seat - First

1905 - Geelong and Barwon Regatta, Maiden Regatta, five seat - First 

1906 - Bairnsdale Regatta, Special Senior Fours, bow - First

1907 - Melbourne Regatta, Senior Eights, two seat - First

1907 - Geelong and Barwon Regatta, Senior Eight, two seat - First

1908 - Australian Henley Regatta, Senior Eights, two seat - First

1909 - Ballarat Regatta, Senior Eight, two seat - First

1910 - Interstate Championships, Men's Eight, three seat - Second

Andrew Guerin
March 2023

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