We preserve the Nancy Blackett, the favourite yacht of "Swallows and Amazons" author Arthur Ransome, to keep her visible and accessible, and to maintain her as a living vessel.

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Nancy Blackett Returns to the Stage This Summer

The popular theatrical adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s “We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea” returns to the stage this summer.  The critically acclaimed play is produced by the Ipswich-based touring theatre company Eastern Angles, and first premiered in Ipswich in July 2008. Adapted by Nick Wood, it translates well to the stage and brings out the underlying humour of Ransome’s […]

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Obituary: Roger Wardale

We regret that we must report the passing of Roger Wardale on 28th December, after a short illness, at the age of 78. Roger Wardale was a founder member of the Arthur Ransome Society, its sometime chairman, and the editor for some years of its journal “Mixed Moss”, but he will be best-remembered for his many […]

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

The Nancy Blackett Trust wishes a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of its members, supporters, followers and friends. May you have fair winds for good sailing in 2016.   Artwork from cards by Claudia Myatt

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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.