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Proud Of East Texas: "Proud Mary"

Twenty-one years ago, Mary Rife McCally regretfully gave up drag boat racing and sold the boat that had taken her to her greatest triumphs, because of her husband's failing health. "Proud Mary" had taken Mary to the World National Dragboat Racing Title and she still holds the record of the fastest woman in speed dragboat racing at 206.72 miles per hour.

In October, a friend called that she had located "Proud Mary" and it was for sale. Mary immediately flew to California and bought the boat she had thought never to see again. Mary had "Proud Mary" restored and it is now quite an attraction in boat shows around the country.

Joan Hallmark, reporting.


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