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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Nancy Blackett is Almost Ready for the New Season

It has been a busy week for the Nancy Blackett Trust, with final preparations under way for the start of Nancy Blackett’s new season this weekend. Following all the necessary repairs and maintenance tasks over the winter period, last Monday saw anti-fouling being applied, while on Tuesday she was taken out of the shed at […]

The Nancy Blackett Trust at the We Do Mean To Go To Sea Conference

The Nancy Blackett Trust was at last Sunday’s busy “We Do Mean To Go To Sea” Conference at the Royal Hospital School, organised by the Woolverstone Project with the Cruising Association. Several Nancy Blackett Trust members took part in various capacities, including leading some of the workshops., while former Paralympic yachtswoman Hannah Stodel gave one of the […]

Make Your Mark With Our 3 for 2 Offer on These Unique “Swallows and Amazons” Bookmarks

Collect our exclusive range of “Swallows and Amazons” wooden bookmarks and save with our 3-for-2 offer. Made by Scorch Wood, these bookmarks are hand-crafted in Suffolk and finished with non-toxic paints, stains and varnishes. There are designs representing each of the twelve “Swallows and Amazons” books, while Nancy Blackett also gets her own special bookmark. Our 3-for-2 […]

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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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