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A Secret Water Adventure

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 […]


See Swallows and Amazons at the Riverside, Woodbridge

Back by popular demand following its sell-out showing in April, the Nancy Blackett Trust is screening the 40th anniversary edition of “Swallows and Amazons” at the Riverside Cinema, Woodbridge, this Saturday (26th September). Sophie Neville, who played the character of Titty, will make a personal appearance on stage and sign copies of her book “The […]

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Photos: Maritime Ipswich

Nancy Blackett spent the weekend of 14/15th August entertaining and educating visitors to Maritime Ipswich. Our thanks to all the members of the Trust who volunteered to make this possible. You can view the slideshow of our Flickr album from the Saturday below:

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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.