George Pocock was one of the pivotal behind-the-scenes figures in “The Boys in the Boat,” the story of the 1936 University of Washington eight-oared crew that won the Olympic Gold Medal in front of Hitler in Germany.
Pocock was a native of England, where he was a champion sculler and learned boatbuilding as an apprentice to his father, the boatbuilder for Eton College. After emigrating to Canada, Pocock was invited by UW rowing coach Hiram Conibear to establish his shell-building business on campus. He mentored UW coaches and athletes and became famous internationally as a boat-builder and rowing authority. He was boatman for U.S. Olympic crews in 1936, 1948, 1952 and 1956. He was the 1948 Seattle Post-Intelligencer sports star of the year.
The company Pocock Racing Shells continues to build shells for crews throughout the United States and internationally.