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Photos: Laying-up at Woodbridge

Last Saturday saw Nancy Blackett being laid-up at the Tide Mill in Woodbridge, Suffolk, in preparation for her end-of-season lift-out yesterday. On a day that saw a mixture of heavy showers and clear skies, volunteer members of the Trust worked hard to empty out and clean up Nancy, before partaking in a picnic lunch. The […]


Nancy Blackett’s Voyages to Nowhere in Particular

Last Thursday saw two new members come along to Woolverstone Marina to visit Nancy Blackett and have a taster sail for a couple of hours on the River Orwell. After a brief introduction to Nancy’s main features and rig the passage plan was made, “That way and turn round after an hour, come back here”. […]

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Photos: Maritime Woodbridge with Nancy Blackett

Nancy Blackett had a successful weekend at this year’s Maritime Woodbridge, with plenty of visitors and a busy stall. Two other boats that were once owned by Arthur Ransome – Peter Duck and Ragged Robin III (originally Lottie Blossom) were also present. The Trust would like to thank all the volunteers who helped out during […]

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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.