We preserve the Nancy Blackett, the favourite yacht of "Swallows and Amazons" author Arthur Ransome, and celebrate Arthur Ransome's East Coast stories.

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Drink a Toast to Swallows and Amazons With This Pair of Fine China Beakers

Whether you want to celebrate “Swallows and Amazons”, or just prefer a warming cup of coffee in the morning, you can drink in style with our fabulous pair of fine bone china “Swallows and Amazons” beakers. They both have exquisite designs incorporating Arthur Ransome’s own illustrations from the “Swallows and Amazons” books, and are now […]

Ice Stations – A Ransome-Style True Adventure

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Get hold of these RYA guides to going cruising, going sailing and going green and save with our special deals! This series of beautifully-illustrated guides are by our resident artist Claudia Myatt, and are a must for anyone wanting to get into sailing or refreshing their existing knowledge of all things marine. Go Cruising! is a guide for […]

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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.

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