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Photos: Three Ransome Boats Sail the Orwell

You can now see our slideshow below of our album from the Parade of Sail on 6th July, where for the first time ever, three of Arthur Ransome’s boats sailed together on the River Orwell: Nancy Blackett, Peter Duck and Ragged Robin III. With thanks to Bryan Davies.

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Together at Last: Three Ransome Boats Sail the Orwell

It was, in several ways, a historic occasion: for the first time ever, three of Arthur Ransome’s boats sailed together on the River Orwell: Nancy Blackett, Peter Duck and Ragged Robin III set off from Woolverstone last Sunday, 6th July, and cruised in company the river to Levington, where they rafted up together for lunch, […]

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Nancy Blackett was the favourite yacht of author Arthur Ransome, CBE, and the inspiration for "We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea", part of his "Swallows and Amazons" series, and probably his best sailing novel. Nancy, lightly disguised as the Goblin, plays a starring role as the boat at the centre of the book.

Nancy Blackett is now owned by the Nancy Blackett Trust, preserving her as a living part of the Arthur Ransome heritage. Each year many Ransome fans enjoy the experience of sailing her, and many more visit her at maritime events.

Please explore our website to find out more about Nancy Blackett’s history, how you can sail her, how you can help support her, and the mission and work of the Nancy Blackett Trust.

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Nancy Blackett at Woolverstone, May 2009.
Credit: I. Jacobson.