The 1904 rowing events were held at Creve Coeur Lake. They were contested on 29 and 30 July 1904 as part of the Olympic Games. The bulk of the entrants were from the United States, although the Toronto Argonaut Club did send an eight-oar crew which competed in the Olympic senior eight-oared shells. The events doubled as the United States Championships of the National Association of Amateur Oarsmen (NAAO).
Multiple ancillary events in addition to the Olympic events were contested such as association single sculls, intermediate eight-oared shells, intermediate single sculls and intermediate coxed pairs. The Americans dominated, with the only foreign competitor in the events that are usually considered of Olympic caliber having been the Toronto Argonauts’ coxed eight. There were other entrants from Canada as well as from Germany in the ancillary events. These cannot be considered Olympic caliber because they were essentially restricted events for rowers of lesser skill.
The single sculls event had the potential to be a great event for the time, as the world’s top two amateur scullers, James Ten Eyck (USA) and Louis Scholes (CAN) both entered. Scholes had won the Diamond Sculls at Henley earlier in the year but neither he nor the American champion Ten Eyck participated.
Creve Couer Lake still exists today. In 1995, during the filming of some television shows concerning Olympic history, I (Mallon) had the opportunity to spend part of an afternoon there. It is still the training grounds of several of the St. Louis rowing clubs. When I told one of the local fisherman that the 1904 Olympic rowing events had been contested here, his comment was that of incredulity, “This place? It’s just a mud hole.” Perhaps. But for two days in 1904, it was a very famous mud hole.
All the races were over 1½ miles (2,414.02 metres). The fours and eights were held straightaway. The pairs, and both sculls rowed out 3/4 mile (1,207.01 metres), turned and then rowed back over the same course.
|Single Sculls, Men||Olympic||30 July 1904||4||1|
|Double Sculls, Men||Olympic||30 July 1904||6||1|
|Coxless Pairs, Men||Olympic||30 July 1904||6||1|
|Coxless Fours, Men||Olympic||30 July 1904||12||1|
|Coxed Eights, Men||Olympic||30 July 1904||18||2|
|44 (44/0)||2 (2/0)|
|Single Sculls, Men||Frank Greer||USA||Jim Juvenal||USA||Constance Titus||USA|
|Double Sculls, Men||Atalanta Boat Club||USA||Ravenswood Boat Club||USA||Independent Rowing Club||USA|
|Coxless Pairs, Men||Seawanhaka Boat Club||USA||Atalanta Boat Club||USA||Western Rowing Club||USA|
|Coxless Fours, Men||Century Boat Club||USA||Mound City Rowing Club||USA||Western Rowing Club||USA|
|Coxed Eights, Men||Vesper Boat Club||USA||Toronto Argonauts||CAN||—||—|