Sister ship to Ransome’s last, lost Lottie for sale

Arthur Ransome’s last yacht was a six-ton aft-cockpit Hillyard sloop which he had built to replace the centre-cockpit Lottie Blossom – which he and his wife Evgenia hadn’t got on with.

The Ransomes sailing Lottie Blossom.

They transferred the name Lottie Blossom to the new boat, and the new owner of the earlier boat renamed her Ragged Robin III, under which name she still sails.

Alas, Lottie Blossom 2 (as she has come to be known) has disappeared without trace. She was last seen in a garden near Guildford in 1990, in a state of partial restoration, but when the Barlow family who owned her moved away, contact with her was lost and we assume that her restoration was abandoned and she has by now rotted away.

However, when Roger Wardale was researching her for his 2010 book “Arthur Ransome Under Sail“, he visited another boat, Malina, one of only three other Hillyards built to this design. He took measurements from her, to build a balsa wood model.

Roger Wardale’s balsa wood model of Lottie Blossom.

Malina is now for sale, by her owner of the last 10 years, Daniel Eugenio. By coincidence, she is laid-up ashore at Birdham Pool in Chichester Harbour, where the Ransomes kept both of their own Lottie Blossoms.

The Ransomes on Lottie Blossom at Birdham.

She appears to have been well maintained, in traditional style (she even has a classic Taylors paraffin stove!), and for anyone looking for a cruising yacht with Ransome connections, she’s a bargain at the present asking price of £4,000.

Malina sailing.

More details of Malina are available at the Hillyard Yacht Owners Association or Classic Yacht Brokerage.

Malina’s interior.

Daniel also sent us these photographs of Malina, Roger Wardale’s model, and a couple of the Ransomes aboard Lottie Blossom herself.