April 2022 news

At our next monthly meeting on Monday, 9th May, Andrew Rowe will be returning to give a talk, this time titled “The Titanic – are you sure there are enough lifeboats?”.  This follows his entertaining talk on Hancock’s Half Hour last September.  On this occasion the talk will be in the form of a drama in which Andrew plays the part of his namesake,  George Rowe, one of six Quartermasters on the Titanic on the night 0f its sinking.

George Rowe was the last surviving Quartermaster and deck crew member from the Titanic when he died at the age of 92 in 1974.  On the night of the disaster he was on duty on the poop deck, fired flares for an hour and sent Morse code on the ship’s bridge lights to alert any nearby shipping, and helped with the lowering of a collapsible lifeboat.

Andrew was formerly Head of a primary school with a special unit for profoundly deaf children from which he learnt that sign language has regional accents.

Congleton Dane Probus Club is a friendly group for retired businessmen or professionals. Anyone wishing to sample this meeting and talk can contact the club through the Contact Page of this web site, or if preferred they can ring 07717 375505 to speak to a current member.