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Appreciation For Rona Bowman By Vera Corner Halligan


I am much saddened to learn of the most untimely death of Rona. She was 15 when she joined SRA Drake, Westminster Sea Rangers, having been a Guide at St. Martin-in-the-Fields and living with her parents and brothers in Charing Cross Road.
At her first Sea Ranger weekend, she attended a Regatta at Ravens Ait, followed over the years by events at Rose Cottage, Cliveden; Chatham Meets, Blacklands, Discovery and the Dockland Scout Project. She remained a member of the crew until she was 21. She very soon took a shine to off-shore sailing and was a total natural in all forms of boating.
Almost everything she ever did was geared to water - running swimming pools, off-shore sailing, sub-aqua, not to forget working at Beals the Yacht Chandlers - most useful to us all for the discounts!
I recall her on board HMS Discovery going from ship to shore on a breaches buoy - which doubtless health and safety would no longer allow; carrying the crew's burgee at Greenwich Naval College; rowing like mad to follow the swan uppers at Cookham and showing American Girl Scouts the sights of London. She assisted on board HMS Discovery when the ship made her last voyage through St. Katherine's Lock en route to going piggy-back to Dundee.
Rona was a great asset to the crew - keen, reliable, always cheerful and indeed exceptional.

We shall never forget Rona - Jack, Paul, Peter and Vera (Skip)

Added on: 5 March 2008

 

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