The original tiller bar from Arthur Ransome's yacht Nancy Blackett 63x7ins. (160x18cm)
Lot 360
The original tiller bar from Arthur Ransome's yacht Nancy Blackett 63x7ins. (160x18cm)
Sold for £1,000 (US$ 1,661) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
The original tiller bar from Arthur Ransome's yacht Nancy Blackett
The 60ins.(153cm) long varnished oak tiller bar, with tapered wedge end and carved tip, fitted onto an original hull plank, with certificate and bronze mounting nails. 63x7ins. (160x18cm)

Footnotes

  • Arthur Ramsome bought Nancy Blackett in 1934. He was to be the third owner of this 28ft. Bermudian cutter built by David Hillyard at Littlehampton in 1931. She was christened after his heroine, one of the Amazon Pirates in his book Swallows and Amazons. He sailed her extensively around the East Coast, and his experiences featured in two books We didn't mean to go to Sea and Secret Water where she was thinly disguised as Goblin. He sold her on again in 1938. After a further five owners, she was discovered in 1988 a parlous condition at Scarborough and rescued for restoration. Finally, in 1996 she was purchased by the newly formed Nancy Blackett Trust who now operate her.

    This tiller bar was part of the original equipment of the yacht, the damaged after end being repaired during her restoration in 1988, when fitted to a replacement rudder. However in 1990, whilst on her mooring in the River Orwell, it cracked across the short grain and was deemed unsafe to continue in service and a replacement was fabricated. This original tiller is now mounted onto a section of original hull planking removed during the restoration and is provided with a pair of bronze nails from the hull for hanging.
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