Yacht: Nancy Blackett

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  • Nancy Blackett was Arthur Ransome’s favourite amongst his various cruising yachts.
  • Nancy Blackett was named after Arthur Ransome’s favourite character, the adventurous and irrepressible leader of the Amazon Pirates in his “Swallows and Amazons” books.
  • Nancy Blackett provided Arthur Ransome with the inspiration for possibly his best book “We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea”, a classic of both children’s and seafaring literature, in which she plays a leading role as the Goblin.
  • In 1988, she was discovered near-derelict in Scarborough harbour, and brought back to the River Orwell to be restored.
  • Nancy Blackett is now in the care of the Nancy Blackett Trust, recognisable once more as the boat that Ransome knew and loved.
  • The patron of the Nancy Blackett Trust is Dame Ellen MacArthur.
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Designer: David Hillyard
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Rig: Bermudan Cutter
Year Built: 1931
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LOD m / ft: 8.6m / 28' 3
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