Scenes from the boathouse. This is George Pocock’s sister, Lucy’s boat. If you don’t know the story of George Pocock and his beautiful, world-class row boats, you don't know the history of Seattle. If you don't know the significance of accomplished oarswoman Lucy Pocock, you won't understand the legacy of UW's world-class rowing teams, especially the women's.
"On Friday, July 12, 1912, the Pocock brothers traveled to Seattle on the CPR steamship Princess Victoria. After touring the rustic UW campus, Dick and George, who were used to seeing England’s beautiful college campuses, were unimpressed. The proposed boat-building facility was the Tokio Café (also known as the Tokyo Tea Room), a makeshift structure built in 1909 for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. The Varsity Crew House was the U.S. Life Saving Station on Lake Union, also built as a temporary structure for the fair. Undecided, the Pococks returned to Vancouver on the Saturday evening CPR steamship.
On Sunday, July 14, however, George sent a letter to Coach Conibear advising him they would come to Seattle and build his 12 shells." – historylink.org