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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How to sail on Nancy Blackett this year

Everyone should have the unique experience of sailing Arthur Ransome’s Nancy Blackett, especially around the locations where his Swallows and Amazons series stories “We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea” and “Secret Water” were set. You can try a short taster session, stay overnight, or have an adventurous longer trip. It is also a lot […]

Extracts from Nancy Blackett’s 2016 Logbook

9th April: Nancy’s fitting-out, delayed by the mast problems, takes place in appalling weather. It includes a replacement for the Origo spirit cooker – the old one was in a sorry state. Later, the volunteers enjoy a convivial evening in the Cherry Tree pub. 12th May: First of this season’s evening sails – a popular […]

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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.