Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Houseboats on the Thames

One is famous…

Astoria Houseboat

The Astoria Houseboat

Built in 1913 for the music hall impresario Fred Karno, who entertained his protégé Charlie Chaplin there.

(info above from a plaque placed near by)

It was bought in 1986 by Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour who turned it into a recording studio.

(from Wikipedia)

“Parts of each of the last two Pink Floyd studio albums, A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell, were recorded on the boat, as were parts of Gilmour's most recent solo album On an Island. It was also used for mixing the Pink Floyd live albums Delicate Sound of Thunder and P•U•L•S•E as well as the P•U•L•S•E film, Gilmour's Remember That Night DVD and his 2008 live album, Live in Gdańsk.”

One is not… I just liked this one and it was beautiful in the evening light.