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On TV: Swallows and Amazons in “The Secret Life of Books”

Tune into BBC4 this evening at 8pm to see “Swallows and Amazons” as the subject of “The Secret Life of Books”. According to the episode’s page, the details are: “Former journalist and keen amateur sailor John Sergeant takes to the water in the wake of the plucky young heroes of Arthur Ransome’s “Swallows and Amazons”, and learns […]

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An Autumn Cruise (with photos)

At the beginning of October Nancy Blackett enjoyed her annual Autumn Cruise, the last of the season, which included a brief return to “Secret Water”, skipper John Smith writes. The crew had all arrived by late Saturday afternoon, so, making the most of a nice evening, we set off for a night in Shotley, arriving […]

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A Secret Water Adventure (with photos)

Over the August Bank Holiday weekend Nancy Blackett joined in a “Secret Water” adventure that was organised by Royal Cruising Club members, and it all went ahead very successfully. Along with other “mother ships”, several youngsters sailed dinghies and enjoyed camping adventures ashore, in real “Swallows and Amazons” style. The Friday evening saw a temporary […]

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You can visit and sail the Nancy Blackett, once owned by "Swallows and Amazons" author Arthur Ransome and the star of his novel "We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea", the seventh book of his "Swallows and Amazons" series, and probably his best sailing novel.

Nancy Blackett, lightly disguised in the book as the Goblin, was named after the "Amazon" pirate girl character who featured in "Swallows and Amazons".

Nancy Blackett was Arthur Ransome's favourite yacht and 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.

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.