We look after Nancy Blackett, the favourite yacht of "Swallows and Amazons" author Arthur Ransome.
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‘Swallows and Amazons’ on stage in the French Riviera

An amateur production of Arthur Ransome’s “Swallows and Amazons” is coming to the stage in the French Riviera for one night only on March 26th. The Helen Edmundson adaptation, with songs by Neil Hannon and by arrangement with Nick Hern Books, is presented by the EBICA International School and produced by the EBICA Theatre Club, […]

Nancy Blackett is ready and raring to go…

Nancy Blackett is almost ready to start her new sailing season, with her annual fitting-out scheduled for this weekend. Claudia Myatt captured her cradled in readiness on Tuesday as Robertson’s yard in Woodbridge, Suffolk, below. Click on the Facebook icon [f] to go to the original photo.

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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.