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Good Little Ship by Peter Willis

Good Little Ship by Peter Willis

‘There’s more than a touch of irony about the title of Arthur Ransome’s We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea. The book came about precisely because that’s just what he had intended to do,’ writes Peter Willis in his preface to this new appreciation.
Arthur and Evgenia had moved house from the inland waters of the Lake District to the East Coast—and simultaneously sought out and bought a seagoing cruising yacht—with the express intention of rediscovering coastal
and offshore sailing.The boat was, of course, the Nancy Blackett. In his book she became the Goblin, the boat in which the four children, John, Susan, Titty and Roger, find themselves adrift in the North Sea and end up having to sail to Holland, and grow up a bit in the process.
For Ransome, she liberated his writing, providing him with arguably his finest book. But what of the boat herself? How was she found semi-derelict in Scarborough Harbour and restored to sail the Orwell—and across the
North Sea—again? Good Little Ship explores fiction and reality, and the links between them, and includes an article by Arthur Ransome himself, and notes on all his other boats.

Peter Willis is a former Deputy Editor of Classic Boat, currently performing a similar function on Classic Sailor magazine. In 1996 he launched an appeal to buy Arthur Ransome’s Nancy Blackett and preserve her to be sailed as a living reminder of Ransome and his works. He lives in Woodbridge, Suffolk.

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