For years, we have been collecting the materials from the history of the Charles River Basin. This week we purchased a postcard showing the U.S. Navy gathered on Harvard's Weld Boathouse.
We love reading the back of old postcards. Sometimes the messages are funny, often terse, occasionally educational. This one called the building "... the U.S. Navy's boat club house."
The writer goes on to explain that the building, "... is on the Charles River, in this River we practice swimming & boat drilling, the sailors in this picture are waiting for their turn in boat drilling. This was taken on sat morning during one of our contests one regiment against the other. The boys to the left are on the bridge which crosses the river is 75 feet high & 600 feet long made of concrete. is very low on the edge."
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Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
Photography: © 2015 Penny & Ed Cherubino