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Cygnet Rowing Club
on the Tideway since 1890
CSSC Sports and Leisure


1st February 1950

By the early 1950s, Cygnet was starting to get back into its stride and the club had high hopes of reclaiming the 'Glory of the Thirties'. While this was not to be, Cygnet won more events in Junior and Junior-Senior-Vllls throughout this decade than ever before, effectively putting civil service rowing back on the map. Popularity of the Civil Service Regatta waned throughout the fifties, but the Civil Service Invitation Scratch Vllls went from strength to strength and the membership base expanded.

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A Crew Chat

G.P.Jefferies addressing an unidentified crew

A Crew Chat
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Water, water everywhere, 1953

During the flood tides of 1953 the Civil Service Boathouse was submerged to a depth of five feet

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Winners of Junior Vllls, Chiswick in 1953

Back Row (from left): F.L.Caughlin, M.J.Hughes, G.P.Jefferies and C.R.Ford. Front Row (from left): A.Ayton, D.T.Cain, J.Baker, C.E.Thorne and E.W.Wale

Winners of Junior Vllls, Chiswick in 1953
Head of the River, 1954

Bow: John Stevens; 2: Keith Bolton; 3: David Senior; 4: Brain Lovis; 5: Guy Doyle

Head of the River, 1954
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Kingston Regatta, 1959

From Bow: R.J.Ely, L.T.Huggett, R.Slee, E.W.Wale, J.S.Brayne, B.Lovis, M.J.Mills, S.D.Bush and C.R.Dominy (cox).

Kingston Regatta, 1959