Or: “The function and aesthetics of modernist
engineering within sea fairing transportation.”
This humble part of British 20th century history was given to me by my Grandfather, James Griffin. He has lived in the same town all his life and I can’t see any reason to move away. Poole, Dorset was were he was born, fell in love (happy married to this day), living right next to the sea and had an amazing string of jobs that made the life of the harbour operate as an international maritime hub. The Seagull out board motor was also produced in Poole Quay. Looking at the serial number of; SJPR 7567 this states that it was manufactured between 1957 and 1958. The original name of the company was Marston Seagull, as two men (John Way-hope and Bill Pinniger) meet at Sunbream Motor Company and started to design a small out board motor. They both acquired manufacturing rights and patents for their new design and set up shop in the Bristol Motor Company, Bristol. This was all paid for thought patents concerning light air crafts and sports cars of the time. So this practical and aesthetic piece of sea travel was born out of the fastest cars of its age, along with the modern age of air travel. Covering all aspects of travel that we take for granted today. As existentialism dictates that every thing is contacted and in such ways affects our everything existence… or it’s that whole butterfly and hurricane idea that chaos theory bring into effect. But thought are just ideas, where in the world of engineering; practically counts. Money buy’s materials and but food on the table I the real world.
So this object that lays in front of us speaks of the practical aesthetics’, in the same way a land Rover does. At first the nuances of the machine might pass over you. But the nature of the materials used and the hand crafted touched by trained individuals will seep into you. The aura will radiate and your subconscious will pick up on something that your untrained eye will have to be educated in.
These objects are ones od desire and practicality that maybe being lost in this world of uber-mass manufacturing ‘in the land of the rising sun’. We should all learn to admire these items of everyday life that have been designed to last for every with a little help of love, education and repair…
As we learn about the object that surround us in this world, we learn about the world it self and in turn our selves.