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Nancy Blackett’s Northern Cruise

Skipper Phil Durnford has just returned from a “furthest north” cruise at the helm of Nancy Blackett. He writes: I joined Nancy Blackett on Monday 18th August in Ipswich Dock, where she had spent the weekend as part of the OGA fleet at Maritime Ipswich. Colin Embrey as mate and Nicola Farr as crew joined me, […]

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Photos: Nancy Blackett’s Maritime Ipswich

Nancy Blackett had a generally successful weekend at this year’s Maritime Ipswich festival, making a number of new friends and gaining some new members for the Trust along the way.  The slideshow of our photo album from Saturday is below.


See Nancy Blackett at Maritime Ipswich this weekend

Nancy Blackett will be welcoming visitors at the Maritime Ipswich festival this coming weekend. Maritime Ipswich is the annual festival held in Ipswich, Suffolk on its historic Waterfront. Situated on the River Orwell, it is just a few miles upstream from Pin Mill, where Nancy Blackett appeared as the Goblin in Arthur Ransome’s “We Didn’t […]

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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.