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Conibear Shellhouse (CSH)

3896 Walla Walla Road NE

Seattle, WA 98195

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See the history of the Boys in the Boat in person! The Husky Clipper, Pocock's loft, oars, boats & more! Hosted by former UW rower.

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****Please Note: Per the University of Washington policies and procedures regarding Covid-19, face coverings are REQUIRED for all attendees, regardless of vacinnation status.****

Fans of Daniel James Brown’s New York Times bestseller The Boys in the Boat, now have a unique opportunity to get an inside look at the legacy of “The Boys.” Join us for a tour through Washington Rowing’s Conibear Shellhouse and the 1918 World War I airplane hangar known to the “Boys” as the ASUW Shell House in 1936.

 Watch Rantz, Hume, Moch, and the rest of the ’36 Husky Clipper come to life in this 90-minute tour highlighting the historical regalia of the champion crew in both locations.

 The tour will include chances to see the lettermen’s jackets of Joe Rantz and Don Hume, the IRA and Berlin Olympic medals of Joe Rantz, the famed Husky Clipper shell, and a look into the training facility and loft of the Boys and famed boat builder, George Pocock.

 Guests will first be led through Conibear Shellhouse, starting with an inside look at the legacy of George Pocock and the latest generation of Pocock Racing shells. We will proceed through the heart of the boathouse, the erg bays, and finally to the Windermere Cup Dining room to stand under the Husky Clipper and imagine the roar of the crowd as the Clipper took gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympics race in front of Adolf Hitler.

 Following the tour through Conibear Shellhouse, guests will have the exclusive opportunity to tour through the ASUW Shell House. Built by the United States Navy in 1918, this airplane hangar is an untouched piece of history, recognized by and listed under the National Register of Historic Places. Tour attendees will enjoy the beauty of the ASUW Shell House while listening to stories of the many eras this incredible landmark has seen (including the famed Husky rowing team in 1936 and boat builder, George Pocock) over the past 103 years it has graced the shores of the Montlake Cut.

Due to the unique nature of this tour and the high value of rowing shells attendees will be led through in Conibear Shellhouse, this tour is recommended for children ages 10 and up. If you bring a young child, please ensure they are holding your hand during the tour of Conibear and do not touch the delicate equipment of our NCAA and IRA Championship teams.

Please Note: A minimum of 5 people must be registered for a tour 48 hours prior to the tour start time for tour to be held. If this occurs, you may be asked to change to a different tour date  




What are my transport/parking options for getting to the event?

Conibear Shellhouse is on the University of Washington campus, northeast of Husky Stadium. Please see   http://washingtonrowing.com/directions-to-conibear-shellhouse/  for directions to Conibear Shellhouse. This includes parking information and a map of the location. 

****PLEASE NOTE: Parking is FREE on Sundays unless otherwise posted****

What can/can't I bring to the event? 

 Please do NOT bring any pets, food, or beverages into Conibear Shellhouse.

Cameras and pictures are welcome at all times.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions? 

Please contact rowtour@uw.edu with any questions you may have. 

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes! Tickets for tours are transferrable. Please email rowtour@uw.edu to transfer tickets to another date

Should I print my tickets for the event?

No. Please check in with the tour guide prior to your tour starting, and we will confirm your registration electronically.

 What is the refund policy?

Refunds are available with 48 hours advance notice. 

For 12pm Sunday tours, refunds will not be avalible AFTER 12pm on the Friday leading up to the tour

Please follow these instructions to request a refund:

1. Select "Request Refund" from your Order Details (please include your order number in the message you send).

2. Contact rowtour@uw.edu to let us know of your request   

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

Yes. However, please make sure tickets purchased match the ages of the attendees who come on the tour  


 -Please be aware of exposed beams and sharp edges of shells in ASUW Shell House that are stored at head height

 -Please be aware of steep ramps, narrow doors, and low head clearance upon entry to ASUW Shell House

 -Please be aware of uneven flooring surfaces within ASUW Shell House

 -Please be aware of shell riggers, sharp edges of shell on bow and stern that are at head height or right above ground level  

-Please note: the Conibear Shellhouse is fully ADA accessible, however, the ASUW Shellhouse was constructed in 1918 with few remodels and is not currently ADA compliant. Although plans are underway to bring the historic uilding up to ADA code (with a working elevator to the loft), we regret to inform attendees the only accessible route to the Pocock loft is currently by staircase.


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Conibear Shellhouse (CSH)

3896 Walla Walla Road NE

Seattle, WA 98195

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