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Nancy Blackett (cutter)

Nancy Blackett is a 28-foot 85 m, 7-ton Thames Measurement, Bermuda rigged sailing cutter built in 1931 The boat is now owned and operated by The Nancy Blackett Trust

Built by David Hillyard and originally named Spindrift at her launch in 1931 and then renamed Electron by her next owner, she was bought by children's author Arthur Ransome in 1934 and renamed Nancy Blackett after the major character of the same name in his Swallows and Amazons series of children's books He sailed her mostly on the east coast of England and the southern North Sea from her home port of Pin Mill near Harwich

She is most notable for being the original of the fictional yacht Goblin in Ransome’s book We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea 1937, which recounts a voyage across the North Sea to the Dutch port of Vlissingen, called by the English name of Flushing in the book Ransome made a similar voyage from Harwich to the Netherlands in 1936 and used his personal experience in the book

Ransome's cruises also provided material for another book Secret Water 1939 set in the Walton backwaters

Ransome sold Nancy Blackett in 1939 but always said that she was "the best little ship" In 1988, she was found rotting in Scarborough and subsequently purchased and restored Following the restoration, she was sold to a private owner, who put her up for sale again in 1996 An appeal to Arthur Ransome fans raised the asking price and she was purchased and a Trust set up which owns, operates and maintains her

The Nancy Blackett Trust was formed as a registered charity to preserve and sail her and to promote the sort of sailing activities dear to Ransome The trust's patron is Ellen MacArthur There have been some modern equipment updates to allow for her safe use by Trust members She is available for sailing trips as well as appearing at maritime festivals and events and events associated with Ransome


  1. ^ a b c Wardale, Roger 1991 Nancy Blackett: Under Sail with Arthur Ransome London: Jonathan Cape pp 20–21 ISBN 0-224-02773-5 
  2. ^ a b c "The Nancy Blackett Trust" 
  3. ^ Ransome, Arthur 1995 Wardale, Roger, ed Ransome at Sea: Notes from the Chart Table, Excerpts from Arthur Ransome's Log Books 1st ed Abbot Hall, Kendal, Cumbria: Amazon Publications pp 29–32 OCLC 32716705 
  4. ^ Nancy Blackett Trust - History page
  5. ^ Charity Commission Nancy Blackett Trust, registered charity no 1065058 

External links

  • The Nancy Blackett Trust
  • The Arthur Ransome Society, an organisation devoted to Arthur Ransome with links to other sites
  • Swallows and Amazons information and news website

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