My renewable energy-powered lifeboat studio has a name! At the weekend, the Mayor of Aldeburgh performed a ‘launch’ ceremony, and 80 guests attended.
A lot of people have asked about the name, so I’ll explain. My original dream was to build a seagoing, carbon-neutral vessel, and sail around the world composing and recording music. It became clear I could not pull this off without a major corporate sponsor, and I couldn’t face going to them with my hand out. So I had to water down my plan a bit; but this ended up being just as interesting a project, with the added advantage that Kathleen (aka Mrs Noah) will actually agree to join me on board!
‘The Nutmeg of Consolation‘ is the title of book 14 in Patrick O’Brian’s brilliant Aubrey/Maturin naval fiction series. In it, Jack Aubrey’s ship is wrecked in a terrible storm in the South Seas (where my lifeboat also served.) He and a handful of survivors manage to build a small boat, constructed–like my new wheelhouse–of salvaged timber. After an epic voyage they make it to a Dutch port in Batavia, and are gifted a 20-gun barque, in which they sail back to England. Aubrey is humiliated to have lost his ship, but names his new one the Nutmeg of Consolation, which is one of the titles of the Sultan of Kampong.
I’ll be posting some more pics, and maybe a video guided tour of the boat over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime here’s Kathleen, my excellent signpainter, working late into the night: