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Ready All! George Yeoman Pocock and Crew Racing


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Ready All! offers a fascinating journey into the life and work of George Pocock, the master boatbuilder whose profound wisdom matched his skill in the workshop. A sage, a mentor, an artist, and an oarsman, Pocock shaped the lives of countless rowers, and this book captures the essence of his soul. -- Daniel James Brown, author of The Boys in the Boat

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dick EricksonPreface1. Apprentice Watermen on the Thames2. Making Do on the Pacific Northwest Frontier3. Building Shells in the Tokyo Tea Room4. Building Airplanes at the Red Barn5. "Clumsily Built Western Boats"6. "Eight Hearts Must Beat As One"7. "There Are No Fast Boats, Only Fast Crews"8. Olympic Gold9. Races `round the World10. Remembered Crews and Coaches11. The Later YearsAppendixesBibliographyIndex

About the Author

The late Gordon Newell was the author of several books on maritime history, including Pacific Tugboats and Mighty Mo, The U.S.S. Missouri: A Biography of the Last Battleship. The late Dick Erickson was University of Washington varsity crew coach from 1968 to 1987.


As a youth in Britain, Pocock learned the rudiments of boat building from his father, who crafted boats for young Etonians. Forced to emigrate by straitened economic conditions, he journeyed to the Pacific Northwest intending to find work as a lumberjack. Fortunately for the University of Washington in Seattle, he was persuaded to establish shop there and began making shells of outstanding quality. They were so good, in fact, that Washington won its first intercollegiate title in 1923, defeating the Eastern teams that had ruled the sport for decades. One of his greatest triumphs occurred in 1936 when the Washington team won an Olympic gold medal in Germany, but he had numerous other successes as both boatman and coach until his retirement in 1963. There are many fine photos, including some of special interest from the 19th century, and a foreword by the coach of Washington's varsity crew.

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