Tuesday, 18 October 2011

The Hopkins Boathouse

I love our boathouses and the Hopkins boathouse has become an iconic image.  The photograph in this postcard was taken about 1905 before the Shelley-Brown-Jordan boathouse was built.

However until recently I had not known that there had been a structure that had preceded it.  Two pictures have emerged from the Roberts and Lai family albums.

The first image showed a fine boat, the days catch and behind them the slanted shed roof of the boathouse.  The second image was much clearer.

Of additional interest is that the dock space in the right forefront of the picture was retained after the boathouse was rebuilt.

Note the frog at the top of the sail... and that the boat coming out of the slip is the same boat as shown in the earlier photos.

If you have boathouse pictures to share, we'd love to see them.

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