Sail on Arthur Ransome’s Nancy Blackett or Swallow from the film

The Nancy Blackett was Arthur Ransome’s favourite yacht and named after the Amazon pirate girl character who featured in Swallows & Amazons. She also starred in the seventh Swallows & Amazons novel “We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea” as the Goblin.

Nancy Blackett is owned by the Nancy Blackett Trust and is based at Woolverstone, Suffolk. Built in 1931 by Hillyards of Littlehampton, members of the Trust can sail her along coasts of Suffolk and Essex, with occasional forays to the south coast or across the North Sea to Holland, recreating that famous voyage in “We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea”.

Swallow in Coniston
Swallow in Coniston

You can also experience sailing on Swallow – not the one from the new film, but the one from the 1974 Swallows & Amazons film.

Restored in 2010, she usually divides her time between the Lake District and East Anglia, and is available for sailing on request (with a requested donation) when not attending various private or public events.

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