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Nancy Blackett Set To Shake Her Sails at Shotley

It is now just a few days before Nancy Blackett starts her 2014 season with a members' day at Shotley Marina on Saturday 12th April. A number of activities for members are planned for the day, including short sailing trips and a tour of the Ganges Museum, riverside walks and dinner at the Shipwreck Restaurant. […]

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Our Jenny’s now a Cape Horner

Nancy Blackett Trust member Jenny Wedick is currently in Argentina, having spent several weeks sailing there on the STS Lord Nelson, a Tall Ship owned by the Jubilee Sailing Trust. She writes: "I am now a true Cape Horner! We sailed over 6,000 miles from Auckland, stopping at Napier and the Chatham Islands before seeing […]

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Literary research aboard the Goblin – with Elizabeth Williams

Children’s literature postgrad Elizabeth Williams from Newcastle University recently came to research the East Coast locations used by Ransome and Julia Jones, and was delighted to accept an invitation to visit the Goblin - alias Nancy Blackett. Here’s her account of the day: I love reading children’s books, and rereading the ones I’m particularly attached to. […]

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Lord Nelson – Why Am I here? By Jenny Wedick

Nancy Blackett Trust member Jenny Wedick is currently sailing towards Argentina on the STS Lord Nelson, a Tall Ship owned by the Jubilee Sailing Trust. Writing in her latest ship's update, she explains how it all started: "I have almost always lived by the sea and many of my childhood family holidays involved sailing on […]

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A Special Deal for Swallows and Amazons Fans at Hill Top

Members of the Nancy Blackett Trust and the Arthur Ransome Society can now receive a 10% discount if they stay at The Cottage at Hill Top, Arthur Ransome's last home, near Haverthwaite. The Ransomes first rented Hill Top during the summer of 1956 before finally buying it in 1960. They then started a programme of […]

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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.