“We didn’t mean to go to Sea” Celebration

nancy blackettPublished in 1937, “We Didn’t Mean To Go So Sea” is the seventh book in Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons series of children’s books.   In this book, the Walker children embark on their most exciting adventure. The yacht they were staying on, anchored peacefully at Pin Mill on the River Orwell, drifted in the fog out into the North Sea and a dramatic crossing to Holland followed.  The yacht Goblin, was based on Ransome’s own boat Nancy Blackett which Ransome sailed across to Flushing by the same route as part of his research for the book. Nancy Blackett stills sails the Orwell and local rivers today.

As part of the 80th anniversary of the publication, the Nancy Blackett will be leaving Pin Mill at mid-day on the 4th June and set off on a journey to recreate the voyage the children took.

(pic. Nancy Blackett sailing on the Orwell)

Thistle will be joining many other traditional vessels in wishing Nancy Blackett fair winds, starting in Ipswich and heading out of the lock and onto the Orwell, meeting her at Pin Mill and sailing in company with her out of the Orwell and into Harwich Harbour. If weather conditions allow, Thistle will head through Harwich Harbour and towards the Walton Backwaters, before returning to sail on the Stour and Orwell and back to Ipswich for teatime.

On board will be actor Barry Jamieson, reading excerpts from the book during the day.  Why not join our crew in dressing in 1930’s costume to add to the atmosphere of this special day.

1930's sailor dress

Catering included in the price for the day :-

Tea or coffee and biscuits; Hot Buffet Lunch of freshly cooked Rosemary Chicken with rich Tomato Sauce, New Potatoes, Carrots, Garlic Courgette, Freshly baked Chocolate Brownie with Forest Fruits & Cream; Tea with Homemade Fruit Cake.

Vegetarian, Vegan,  GF, DF and all other diets catered for as long as advance notice is given.  Meat by Buntings, Veg by Greens.