A NEW book by Henley River and Rowing Museum’s co-founder and historian aims to bring alive the story of the sport in the north east of England.
Bonnie Brave Boat Rowers by Chris Dodd, 72, has three strands running through it — rowing as a professional sport, innovative racing boat design and honouring oarsmen’s prowess in song for 100 years from the 1840s.
The book began life in the Eighties as a sample chapter for a book about the first 100 years of the Amateur Rowing Association, now British Rowing, but never made it to publication.
But when Roger Bean contacted the museum in 2012 for information about a professional sculler named Jack Hopper whose boat he was intending to restore, out came the forgotten manuscript.
Mr Dodd, who lives in Ancastle Green, Henley, said: “Bits of it have been talked about but basically it hasn’t all been pulled together.