Yesterday I blogged on being a bit maudlin, then up came this youtube on SV Lulworth 1920 and the mood changed to that of wonder:
Often, these youtubes of boats are adverts – come to our ye olde boat restaurant etc. or someone else carrying on but this one, s Ian Parker-Joseph noted, was a bit different. He puts it better than I could:
Sometimes there is a passion for someone, something or a project that consumes your very being.
I watched the video of Lulworth, initially expecting to see a 10 to 15 minute commercial view on boat restoration.
What I found was a passion that I could relate to, in the team, the specialists, the historian and everyone even vaguely associated with the boat, and I watched, for the full 57 minutes, in wonder at the sheer size of not just the boat but the the project to bring it back to life.
An amazing project in every way, which shows us in so many ways that as a nation, as a civilisation, perhaps even as a species, we have learned little over the decades by what we call progress, modernisation or material use.
What this film shows us in graphic terms is that in fact the reality is that the old ways, and the old methods and the old materials are by far better in quality in every sense.
As you follow the progress from inception, from the colourful days of the 20s when rich men challenged others and built leviathans to compete on the oceans and racetracks, anyone loving old motorsport, old planes, classic cars, could relate to this. The lines on these machines were a joy to behold, they showed love, not hatred, a different era, soon to be plunged into the latter.
This scene in the restoration below was no staged or feigned wonder when they surprised the owner at having the deck done:
The quality of the build, the whole nature of the project, makes one wonder why this can’t be more generally done these days? What factor is preventing it – vision?
Would not the people of the land gaze on in awe and admiration for what man [generic] is capable of?
Above all, the passion for a project stood out. Political issues stand out too – for example, during the war, the original boat had its keel plundered for lead by the govt, the boat then left derelict at the end of the war. Philistines! The next owner filled the keel with bricks, dammit!
And she was then left to rot until a young couple, later to be a doddery old couple, took her on and preserved all they could. What I was struck by was the obsession [in a good way], the fervour, the hive mentality our species is capable of.
Sadly, I then checked the news and there was a different hive mentality:
… where all they can do is obstruct, attack in the street, prevent the process of a Presidential primary, whilst screaming Fascist at the due process. And the police do nothing.
Let’s not dwell on these lost people but imagine what they could achieve if they all put their minds to positive projects. And who pays for these projects? Rich men of course. Soros pays for the global Marxist destruction, the Dutchman paid for the Lulworth project. One brings destruction, one brought joy to a great many people.
Yet many will castigate him for having money. Obama would tell him – you didn’t build that.
Humans – noble or destructive?