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Potomac Rowers: 1921

Potomac Rowers: 1921

"Potomac Boat Club Sema [?] Sig," 1921, with the Key Bridge under construction in the background. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

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Key Bridge

Just returned from a stay at the Key Bridge Holiday Inn. We could see the old abutment and dock with star on it from our balcony, and when I got home I googled to see what it was and spent an enjoyable hour or so reading up on the history of the old aqueduct and the general neighborhood. How cool to see this now, knowing a little about the area.

Potomac Boat Club

This is definitely PBC, which sits up against the old aqueduct abutment. The star is their insignia.

Aqueduct Bridge

The old Aqueduct Bridge was torn down when the Key Bridge was constructed. The linked photo shows what looks like Potomac Rowing Club's building at the D.C. abutment. So it appears it does predate Key Bridge.

Potomac Boat Club

It's definitely PBC. It isn't far enough to be the canoe club. This is interesting, I had no idea that the boathouse was older than Key Bridge.


What's with the socks? Floppy socks, socks with a hole in the toe -- and those socks on the guy who's sitting down, which don't seem to be socks at all.

Potomac Boat Club

This is upriver and from the dock of P.B.C. I have been a member of Potomac Boat Club for over twenty years, they have been around since 1869. The address is 3530 Water Street, Washington D.C. 20007.


Looks like this shot was taken upriver of the Key Bridge, so it might the Washington Canoe Club dock
They have a beautiful old building which is a landmark on the Georgetown waterfront. We often canoe this stretch of the Potomac, and it's a great way to see the city.

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