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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

University of Washington Boathouse

If any of you have read "Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown you will have a special appreciation for the University of Washington Crew house. The Seattle Urbansketchers met there in August on a glistening sunny summer morning. The ghosts of the 1937 Huskies who went on to win the Olympics in Germany just before the outbreak of WWII hover the sacred ground. 

The new Conibear shell house, named after the Husky Crew coach that led his team to the Olympics in 1936,  is almost as impressive, built in 2005 it houses the equipment for the 21st century. One of the shells housed in the new shell house was especially meaningful. It was named for  crew team member and shirt-tail relative,  William Peter Allen, who fell to his death while hiking in 2011.

This old boathouse reminds me of a 1950's motor home sitting at the base of the new deck. The round windows hint of nautical theme.

This dock sits alongside a pleasant footpath leading from the old boathouse to the new one. The sun, shade and water invited me in for a watercolor swim. 

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