In the classic Joseph Conrad novel Nostromo (subtitled A Tale of the Seaboard), the title character, a sailor known as a man of his word, plays a central role in hiding silver from revolutionaries who are worsening the political instability of a South American country. Nostromo is chosen for the job because he is believed to be incorruptible, though he certainly has his flaws. Because this is a Conrad novel, suffice it to say there’s plenty of drama and darkness, and no happy ending.
Hopefully that will be anything but the case for a new 30-meter (98-foot) sailing yacht named Nostromo under construction at Pendennis Shipyard. From the design boards of Dubois Naval Architects, she’s coming along nicely, having been commissioned in August 2007. The photo here shows Nostromo’s partially completed hull, with bulkheads in place and plating being readied. Pendennis, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, expects to turn the hull before the end of this month and have it completed by mid-April. Ultimately it’ll boast a beautiful red tone, judging from the sail plan.
Though no details are available about what Nostromo’s interior decor will look like, I can tell you that the owner chose the design firm Redman Whiteley Dixon, and Pendennis has subcontracted the woodwork to a company called Dorr, due to its in-house joinery shop having other projects that will tie up resources.
Nostromo should be delivered next summer. May the only silver she and her owner encounter be a silver lining.