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Friday, June 20, 2008

The Swallowed Anchor

For those of you who are thinking I am going "overboard" on houses, I say, "Avast there, maties!" because the house above, if you look closely, has a distinct nautical flavor. (And I've left out the one-legged pirate on the roof, standing near the stork's nest.) And while it is a house, it provides a cunning segue into the coming week's naval offerings as Victoria hosts the Tall Ships.

This little jewel of a house, "The Swallowed Anchor," is to be found in Esquimalt across the road from the West Bay Marina. And for those of you who might be wondering, it is an actual house, not a part of some theme park. Rumor has it that it was formerly the home of a retired sea captain who willed it to his heirs with the proviso that nothing could be changed.


Chuck Pefley said...

I visited the houseboats at West Bay when in Victoria last month. Amazingly nice newly constructed houseboats. Also quite nice to see dedicated motorcycle parking in front of the cafe at West Bay! I, too, thought the Swallowed Anchor was a cool house ... thanks for the added info, and happy the heirs chose to honor the Captain's wishes.

USelaine said...

I think I'd be more inclined to swallow the story if it was someone who wanted to be a captain, not someone who was. But it is certainly total devotion to a fantasy! The mermaid seems to have outgrown her garment over the years. Such a shame, what happens in middle age. 6^)

ananda.tashie said...

What a quirky, fun house. I am envisioning the looks on faces of people if this was in the middle of a suburb division where they even regulate colors of flowers, ha!

Knoxville Girl said...

Every roof should include a peg-legged pirate. I salute this man's individualism and sense of whimsy.