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I used to work in the same office as Rowena as the secretary to the then editor of the Gazette and would love to get in touch with her again! I still have some of her cartoons that she drew for me too and I remember going to see the band play (at Knebworth, I seem to remember). If you have managed to find her, please tell her to contact Stephanie.
Thank you for reply and congratulations for next year’s 140 anniversary. We are delighted that she is the oldest yacht in Germany!
We have found an old photo of the Arvon taken at the 1953 Coronation Spithead Naval Review. It is rather grainy but reflects the quality of amateur photography back in the 1950’s.
Dear Ladies and Gentlemans,
thank you very much for the detailed reply to my letter. I thought this bell wasn’t from Arvon. But it is still very nice to learn more about the history of this really very old sailboat. Next year Arvon is 140 years old, she is the oldest yacht in Germany. I would be interested to know if there are still photos or pictures of Arvon in your Archive.I also tried to get in touch with the Snagge family and the later owner Biddlecombe. Unfortunately without success. It is very difficult to get information about such an old boat, but I am always very happy when I find something in the www. Maybe you will find something in your archive.
Best regards from Detlef Staats