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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Drink a toast to Swallows and Amazons – and support Nancy Blackett

Celebrate Swallows and Amazons and the start of our sailing season in style with our fabulous collection of ceramic and fine bone china mugs, available now from the Nancy Blackett Shop. Our ceramic mug designs include specially-commissioned artwork of Nancy Blackett and Swallow from our resident artist Claudia Myatt, while our two fine bone china beakers have […]

Nancy Blackett is now 86 years young

It might be hard to be believe, but Arthur Ransome’s Nancy Blackett celebrated her 86th anniversary yesterday (30th March), receiving lots of birthday wishes on social media. Born in 1931 at Hillyards boatyard in Littlehampton, Sussex, she was first registered as a British Ship, under her original name Spindrift, on 30th March. Her actual launch date […]

Nancy Blackett Jewellery is your ideal Easter gift

Treat yourself or someone special to our Nancy Blackett jewellery this Easter and you’ll be supporting the work of the Nancy Blackett Trust. You can choose from an exquisite pair of earrings, a fabulous pendant, a handsome pair of cufflinks and a subtle lapel badge, all created by our resident artist Claudia Myatt. Her range of […]

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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.