Obituary - Captain Robert Rowe, FNI (extract from All Hands Summer 2004 - Peter Barber)Bob Rowe was a lecturer at Warsash from 1978 to 1993 when he had to take early retirement because of ill health. Bob taught on both long and short courses but will be remembered above all for his major contribution to the development of Manned Model Shiphandling . He took the Shiphandling School at Marchwood Lake from its early beginnings to the renowned centre that it is today. Pilots and mariners from around the world come to the Lake each week and this success is due greatly to Bob. Not only that, but he used his vast experience stretching back to an apprenticeship with H. " Hungry " Hogarths and including command of ferries , the Sail Training Association schooners as well as pilotage to write " The Shiphandlers Guide ". This superb instructional book , published by The Nautical Institute, was developed from his own Shiphandling Course Notes and he provided all the many technical drawings himself as a gifted and meticulous line artist. The College Training Vessels " Halcyon " which he commanded on occasions and "Somerset " are recorded at Warsash in fine drawings by Bob whose other commissions have included the Sail Training Association Schooners " SirWinston Churchill " and " Malcolm Miller ", of both of which he was Master. He recently completed the line pictures of the STA Brigs " Stavros Niarchos" and " Prince William " of which he was particularly proud. A fine seaman, a dedicated teacher, a good (and irascible!) friend and a deep thinker in the specialisation of shiphandling training, Bob did things properly and wiill be remembered with admiration and affection.
Bob will be missed greatly by Kerry, his wife, their three sons, Luke Phillip and Dominic and daughter Susannah, and by mariners everywhere because of his great contibution to training. Well done indeed from all his friends and colleagues.
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