Undine Barge Club

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Undine Barge Club
Motto Labor ipse voluptas
Motto in English Labor itself is a pleasure
Location #13 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Home water Schuylkill River
Established 1856
Navy admission 1858 (founding member)[1]
President Tom Sullivan
Vice President John Leonard
Secretary Elvin Ross
Treasurer David Rhodes
Captain George Schaefer
Navy delegate Jessica Baker
Coaches Joseph Quaid and Michael Naughton
Lieutenant Tim O'Grady
Membership 300[2]
Colors Yellow      Blue      and White     
Affiliations The Baldwin School and William Penn Charter School
Website undine.com
Undine Barge Club
Undine Barge Club is located in Pennsylvania
Undine Barge Club
Undine Barge Club is located in the US
Undine Barge Club
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates Coordinates: 39°58′11″N 75°11′20″W / 39.96967°N 75.18894°W / 39.96967; -75.18894 (Undine Barge Club)
Part of Boat House Row (#87000821[3])
Added to NRHP February 27, 1987

Undine Barge Club is an amateur rowing club located at #13 Boathouse Row in the historic Boathouse Row along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The club was founded in 1856. Undine was not initially listed as a founder of the Schuylkill Navy, but is now considered a founder because an Undine member, Mr. B. F. Van dyke, was elected to represent the Club as secretary treasurer of the Navy from its birth in 1858.[4] In 1860, Undine purchased Keystone Barge Club's (the 1st) boat and equipment, as Keystone had disposed of its boathouse.[5]

The Club's name is derived from the Legend of Undine, and the Club has an upriver house for social functions named Castle Ringstetten, which is the name of the castle in the legend.[6] The boathouse and Castle Ringstetten were designed by renowned Victorian-era architect Frank Furness and exemplify his original ideas that laid the foundation for modern architecture.[7][8]

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  1. ^ Janssen, Frederick W. (15 August 1888). "Undine Barge Club". Outing Library of Sports: American Amateur Athletic and Aquatic History 1829-1888. New York. p. 213. 
  2. ^ "Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta 2009 Program" (PDF). Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. 2009. p. 18. Retrieved 30 April 2010. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  4. ^ Heiland, Louis (1938). The Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia, 1858 - 1937. Philadelphia: The Drake Press, Inc. pp. 57–58. 
  5. ^ Peverelly, Charles A. (1866). "Undine Barge Club". The Book of American Pastimes. New York. p. 206. 
  6. ^ "Castle Ringstetten". Undine Barge Club. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "The Boat House". Undine Barge Club. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  8. ^ Beischer, Thomas G. (July 2006). "Control and Competition: The Architecture of Boathouse Row". The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography'. 130. Historical Society of Pennsylvania. p. 299. 
  9. ^ a b c d "USRowing Announces 2009 World Championships Roster". United States Olympic Committee. 10 August 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "USRowing Announces 2007 World Championships Roster". USRowing. 6 August 2007. Archived from the original on 21 April 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  11. ^ Cite error: The named reference 2017NatlTeam was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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