This most unusual and attractive room has been built in the form
of a stern cabin of a ship of Nelson's day. The ceiling is curved
as though to follow the curve of the deck above, the windows are
obliquely shaped as if following the line of the hull, and even
the panelling of the side walls runs in a curve, just as it would
do in a real stern cabin.
Below the windows is a row of chart lockers, and as another example
of George Quayle's ingenuity, the middle locker can be slid away,
to give access, through a counter-poised door, to a balustrade after-rail
or stern walk, overlooking the tidal dock (now filled in) into which
the Peggy could be launched from her boat cellar below. From this
point of vantage the owner, when he felt so inclined, could take
the air, fresh blown from the Irish Sea, and look out, through the
arched opening of the dock, on to Castletown's harbour.
Inside the room again, the opposite wall features a neatly proportioned
imitation fireplace, with cast iron grate front and wood and ornamental
plaster work surround, in which the classical style of the period
is pleasantly displayed, and one can readily picture George Quayle
and his boon companions of an evening snugly taking their ease by
candle light; discussing over a bowl of rum punch the vicissitudes
of the Napoleonic war; or perhaps laying out their charts and planning
the future voyages of the Peggy.
The whole atmosphere of this elegant and well designed room, which
has been redecorated in its original colour scheme, and provided
with furniture of contemporary style, recalls the fashionable days
of the turn of the 18th century.