Nancy Blackett in Beccles – and Beyond

Arthur Ransome’s Nancy Blackett is in the Norfolk Broads for the first time in 20 years.

Here’s the story of the first three days in words and photos from mate Andy Morley:

Saturday 7th July 2018

Moore’s at Beccles Amateur Sailing Club as recommded by Joe

Posted by Andy Morley on Saturday, 7 July 2018

First night on Nancy in/ near Beccles

Posted by Andy Morley on Saturday, 7 July 2018

Beccles as seen on Tomoko’s phone ebook version of AR’s illustration. See next picture…

Posted by Andy Morley on Saturday, 7 July 2018

Beccles as seen in photos we took. Tomoko enthralled, all of us competing to find the spot that most closely echoed AR’s illustration.

Posted by Andy Morley on Saturday, 7 July 2018

Sunday 8th July 2018

A dragonfly comes to visit

Posted by Andy Morley on Sunday, 8 July 2018

Stuck here in the Waveney at Burgh St Peter because Mutford Rail bridge broken. Utterly miserable due to sweltering…

Posted by Andy Morley on Sunday, 8 July 2018

Think this was probably Maud as photo suggests she’s clinker whereas Albion is carvel.

Posted by Andy Morley on Sunday, 8 July 2018

Return of ‘Maud’

Posted by Andy Morley on Sunday, 8 July 2018

Near Somerleyton

Posted by Andy Morley on Sunday, 8 July 2018

The Margoletta in hot pursuit.

Posted by Andy Morley on Sunday, 8 July 2018

Somerleyton swing bridge; stuck shut in the heat – couldn’t reach St Olaves so forced to have a rather lovely sail back to Oulton in stead.

Posted by Andy Morley on Sunday, 8 July 2018

We went Italian tonight.

Posted by Andy Morley on Sunday, 8 July 2018

Moored to a mud weight in Oulton Broad

Posted by Andy Morley on Sunday, 8 July 2018

Twilight on Oulton

Posted by Andy Morley on Sunday, 8 July 2018

Monday 9th July 2018

Waiting, hoping Mutford Swing Bridge can be fixed as we do mean to go to sea. Coot Club aficionados can spot the Wherry…

Posted by Andy Morley on Monday, 9 July 2018

What WE saw through the porthole…

Posted by Andy Morley on Monday, 9 July 2018

Free at last…

Posted by Andy Morley on Monday, 9 July 2018

*@&#$!!!y swing bridge open at last!

Posted by Andy Morley on Monday, 9 July 2018

RETURN PF THE EXCELSIOR. When we came into the Laura Moncur’s berth I thought it was a pretty good display of seamanship…

Posted by Andy Morley on Monday, 9 July 2018

Aboard the Excelsior

Posted by Andy Morley on Monday, 9 July 2018