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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"Good Little Ship: Arthur Ransome, Nancy Blackett and the Goblin" on display at Arthur Beale. Photo: I Jacobson.

The New Nancy Blackett Book Has Been Launched!

Peter Willis’ new book “Good Little Ship: Arthur Ransome, Nancy Blackett and the Goblin” was launched yesterday evening in front of a full house at a special event hosted by chandlers Arthur Beale, in the heart of London’s West End. Held in the vestry at St. Giles-in-the-Field, Peter Willis gave an illustrated talk to an […]

It’s Arrived! Good Little Ship is Here!

Literally hot off the press, the new Nancy Blackett book by Peter Willis, “Good Little Ship: Arthur Ransome, Nancy Blackett and the Goblin”, has just arrived and is now stock! To celebrate this occasion, we’re giving you a very special offer – you can buy both “Good Little Ship” and “We Didn’t Mean to Go to […]

Reserve your seat now for Thursday’s Nancy Blackett London Book Launch!

Reserve your seat now (by e-mail) for the official launch of Peter Willis’ new book about Nancy Blackett in London this Thursday evening (16th November), at 6:30pm, hosted by London’s West End chandlers Arthur Beale. Arthur Ransome’s classic novel “We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea” (first published 80 years ago this month) was inspired by […]

Last Chance To Win a Signed Copy “The Making of Swallows and Amazons (1974)” by Sophie Neville!

It’s the last chance for you to enter our competition to win a signed copy of the second edition of “The Making of Swallows and Amazons (1974)” by Sophie Neville – entries close tomorrow (Sunday 12th November)! Personally signed by the author herself, “The Making of Swallows and Amazons (1974)” is the story of Sophie’s (often hilarious) […]

Be At The London Book Launch of “Good Little Ship: Arthur Ransome, Nancy Blackett and the Goblin” by Peter Willis

You can be at the official launch of Peter Willis’ new book about Nancy Blackett in London next Thursday evening (16th November), at 6:30pm, with London’s West End chandlers Arthur Beale. At the launch he will be giving a talk based on his new book “Good Little Ship: Arthur Ransome, Nancy Blackett and the Goblin”, showing […]

Get Back Into Reading With Nancy Blackett’s Book Month!

Get back into reading with a little help from Nancy Blackett’s Book Month, celebrating 80 years of “We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea”! We’re encouraging everybody to get reading after the success of last month’s Marathon Reading of “We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea”, so here are some incentives to get you, your family […]

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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.