I Did Mean to Go to Sea: Sailing Nancy Blackett in Holland – Part 1

From the Nancy Blackett Trust

Sophie Neville, President of the Arthur Ransome Society and “Titty Walker” in the 1974 “Swallows and Amazons” film, spent a week sailing Nancy Blackett in Dutch waters earlier this summer. Here’s the first part of her story…

This summer, I grabbed the chance to sail Arthur Ransome’s favourite little ship, the Nancy Blackett. If you recognise her it might be because she was his model for the Goblin in “We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea“, possibly the most exciting and touching of the “Swallows and Amazons” series of books.

Continue reading the original story…

Sophie Neville at the helm of Nancy Blackett. Photo Judy Taylor.