Chainsaw sculptor Andy Levy has carved a tribute to much-loved children’s adventure “Swallows and Amazons” on Coniston Water’s eastern shore, spending ten days transforming a dead oak tree into a life-size sculpture of Captain Flint walking the plank… The self-taught 31-year-old was invited to create the piece by Jonathon and Shayla Batty, whose family home, […]
A sister Hillyard yacht of Nancy Blackett is for sale and could be yours for less than £3,000, but only until 21st April. A 7-ton Hillyard 28′ wooden cutter, the Fortuna III was built 1931 and is on the Hillyard Register. Unusually, for a larger Hillyard she is transom-sterned and was originally a mast head sloop. […]
A two-day conference to celebrate the Collingwood Archive and the year-long project to catalogue it will take place at Cardiff University at the end of April. The archive includes correspondence between Arthur Ransome and the Collingwoods. The Collingwood Archive William Gershom Collingwood (1854-1932), a professional artist and professor of fine arts at the University of […]
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’shistory, how you can sail her, how you can help support her, and the mission and work of the Nancy Blackett Trust.