We preserve the Nancy Blackett, the favourite yacht of "Swallows and Amazons" author Arthur Ransome, and celebrate Arthur Ransome's East Coast stories.

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Get this unique set of Nancy Blackett Fine Art Greetings Cards and save 50%

This unique set of five Fine Art Greetings Cards, depicting Nancy Blackett at sea, is available from the Nancy Blackett Shop on special offer for just £5. The design is reproduced from a watercolour by the renowned marine artist Patrick Donovan, and shows Nancy Blackett sailing in her home waters off the East Coast, surrounded by the sort […]

BBC Radio Suffolk Interview – Peter Willis on Good Little Ship

Here’s another chance for you to listen to Nancy Blackett Trust President Peter Willis’s interview about his new book “Good Little Ship: Arthur Ransome, Nancy Blackett and the Goblin”, first broadcast last month. Peter Willis was interviewed by BBC Radio Suffolk’s Lesley Dolphin on 18th December 2017, and you can listen to the interview here: […]

New Year, New Cruises – Exploring Our East Coast Rivers

Following our successful 8-week visit to Holland last summer, for this New Year we’ve chosen to explore our very own East Coast with all of its fascinating rivers and creeks – all the way from Lowestoft and the Norfolk Broads down to Ramsgate, including the River Thames, up to the Pool of London, and the […]

Wishing you a Happy Christmas from Nancy Blackett

A Christmas message from Peter Willis, President of the Nancy Blackett Trust… We wish a Happy Christmas to all of our supporters, members, friends and followers. Thank you for your ongoing support and have a wonderful day. Header artwork 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 passes Pin Mill, June 2017.
Photo: Bill Wallace-King.