We look after Nancy Blackett, the favourite yacht of "Swallows and Amazons" author Arthur Ransome.
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Photos: Nancy Blackett returns to Woolverstone

Nancy Blackett successfully returned to Woolverstone Marina yesterday, courtesy of skipper Robin Sadler and his daughter. Following some intense preparations behind the scenes from other Trust volunteers, they set sail from Woodbridge yesterday at 1445 in fair conditions, arriving at Woolverstone at 1945.  Robin has kindly supplied the following photos of the trip…

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Arthur Ransome’s East Coast


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.

Nancy Blackett passes Pin Mill, June 2017.
Photo: Bill Wallace-King.