We look after Nancy Blackett, the favourite yacht of "Swallows and Amazons" author Arthur Ransome.
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How We Sailed Nancy Blackett From Suffolk to the Solent

Arthur Ransome’s favourite yacht, Nancy Blackett, embarked on a sailing adventure last week from Woolverstone on the River Orwell in Suffolk to Port Hamble on the Solent. Skipper Robin Sadler tells the story of what happened on the way… We were planning to leave Woolverstone for the Solent mid-afternoon of Saturday 4th May. It was […]

Nancy Blackett arrives in the Solent

Nancy Blackett has now arrived in the Solent in readiness for the upcoming AGM’s of both the Nancy Blackett Trust and the Arthur Ransome Society, reports John Smith. Yesterday morning Nancy Blackett and her crew made use of a lull in the weather and sailed overnight from Eastbourne to Brighton, and rested up in Brighton while waiting […]

Nancy Blackett heads for the Solent

Nancy Blackett is well on her way to the Solent in readiness for the upcoming AGM’s of both the Nancy Blackett Trust and the Arthur Ransome Society, reports John Smith. Under the capable watch of skipper Robin Sadler, Nancy Blackett departed from Woolverstone Marina at 3:20am on Sunday 5th May, crossing the Thames Estuary to […]

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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.