The Nutmeg of Consolation (i)

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:

11 Responses to “The Nutmeg of Consolation (i)”

  1. heretic says:

    The Nutmeg of Consolation… Great name! There is something rather Monty Python sounding about it too!

  2. BeechwoodAve says:

    Lost of layers of meaning in that name! So glad you didn’t name it ‘gone fishin,’ ‘wind dancer’ or ‘carpe diem’ (several of the most popular names on record).

    Having a literary catalyst for the name, especially one so rooted in the historical fiction of your current geographical locale, displays more than a Walnut of Wisdom on your part…

  3. glowingvalves says:

    Possible song title on the new album? If so, we would definitely know the story behind that track! Good name anyway. It blows the socks of something silly like ‘The Quantam of Solace’
    Jim

  4. Mr.Pab says:

    excellent news TMDR! Congrats and looking forward to hearing of more progress.

  5. melmoth says:

    Does this mean you’ve read the Aubrey/Maturin series? Brilliant, aren’t they? My late mum used to rave about them, and a while after she died I started reading the copies of the first books I’d inherited from her, and then started buying the rest. In fact, I read all of them (20+?) in order over several months, so it was just one long continuous narrative. I felt so cheated that he never finished that last book…

  6. TMDR says:

    Only about three times throught the series. Times 19.5 novels. When the movie ‘Master And Commander (The Far Side Of The World) ‘ came out, those two were the only volumes in most bookstores. My local one only had the latter. So that’s what I read first (#11) and I ordered the next 9. Once I’d got to #20 I had to go back to #1, then through to #9 to complete the cycle. Then I was so upset I’d read them out of sequence that I went back to #1 and read through to #20. And when I finished that, I had serious withdrawal symptoms, and had to read them all over again from #1. So there!

  7. bricameron says:

    Now there’s devotion.Painting your husbands’ boats’ name by torchlight.
    You’re a lucky man Dolby.

  8. mizmusic says:

    Lovely work, “Mrs. Noah”! :D The icing on the cake, as it were…

  9. mizmusic says:

    “Once I’d got to #20 I had to go back to #1, then through to #9 to complete the cycle. Then I was so upset I’d read them out of sequence that I went back to #1 and read through to #20. And when I finished that, I had serious withdrawal symptoms, and had to read them all over again from #1. So there!”

    Yeah, who hasn’t done that…? ;) By stark comparison, I’ve only
    read two of his books, “The Golden Ocean” and “The Unknown
    Shore”. But I have so MANY favorite authors: Dean Koontz,
    Jodi Picoult, Lincoln Child, Michael Connelly…so many books, so
    little time! :D But I’m a very fast reader, though.

    Peace and good cheer,
    Kara

  10. ProfessorHiggins says:

    Excellent name, and I hope the very many Aubrey/Maturin fans get to hear about it. There’s a lot of music in those novels too – it is, after all, how Jack and Stephen first meet — and it’d be wonderful if something of that insinuated itself into your recordings.

    Story-telling, music and boats. Yay!

  11. gfd says:

    Another reason to love Thomas Dolby. I may have beaten you on the number of times through the series, but it’s all a wonderful, nautical haze now. You’ll remember the reason why he called it the Nutmeg? It was that she had been purposefully sunk by her dutch owners, and then re-floated so that she smelled sweet and was perfectly clean. Now I have “I Love You, Goodbye” in my head. Thanks for that.

    gfd