About this Beer
Canny Sculler II (Golden session ale) has been brewed to commemorate a golden era of professional sculling on the Tyne that started over 170 years ago, in 1845, and ended (with the untimely death of James Renforth during a World Championship race in Canada in 1871). During this period, the Tyne oarsmen (including Harry Clasper, Bob Chambers and James Renforth) reigned supreme as world champion scullers.
Harry Clasper – The Pioneer Canny Sculler
Harry Clasper was the pioneer sculler of the Tyne, coming to prominence in 184 when he (at stroke) and four other Claspers won the Champion Fours at the Thames Regatta, in a boat designed and built by Harry himself! He went on to train ‘Honest’ Bob Chambers to become World Champion Sculler in 1859 and also had a big influence as mentor to James Renforth, who became World Champion Sculler himself in 1868.