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Peter Duck

The sailing ketch Peter Duck was commissioned by the Ransomes in 1945 to replace Selina King, and completed in April 1947. Arthur wanted a sort of marine bath-chair, a minimum of work to sail and yet provide the maximum comfort for two. She was designed by Jack Gyles of Lymington, and built by Harry King of Pin Mill. Genia could not find a good thing to say about her, and after sailing in her once with Colonel Busk Arthur decided to finish with the sea and sell her for £1,200; then in just over a month he bought her back, so losing over £300!

She was a ketch 28 feet 3inches long with a draught of 3 feet 6 inches and a beam of 9 feet. She had a Stuart Turner engine. She had two bunks as specified, but Arthur was horrified there was only 2 feet 6 inches headroom at the aft end instead of 3 feet (though the plans he had been given showed 3 feet headroom only at the forward end). She leaked under rain, and there were difficulties with the sails and the Pin Mill mooring

Peter Duck

The sailing ketch Peter Duck was commissioned by the Ransomes in 1945 to replace Selina King, and completed in April 1947. Arthur wanted a sort of marine bath-chair, a minimum of work to sail and yet provide the maximum comfort for two. She was designed by Jack Gyles of Lymington, and built by Harry King of Pin Mill. Genia could not find a good thing to say about her, and after sailing in her once with Colonel Busk Arthur decided to finish with the sea and sell her for £1,200; then in just over a month he bought her back, so losing over £300!

She was a ketch 28 feet 3inches long with a draught of 3 feet 6 inches and a beam of 9 feet. She had a Stuart Turner engine. She had two bunks as specified, but Arthur was horrified there was only 2 feet 6 inches headroom at the aft end instead of 3 feet (though the plans he had been given showed 3 feet headroom only at the forward end). She leaked under rain, and there were difficulties with the sails and the Pin Mill mooring

comments (19)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 12 Jun 2015, 01:58
Looks a bit like a duck...
Bill Phillips: You have some funny looking ducks in Thailand then Ray wink
Well... poor little duck....
Bill Phillips: I know....sad isn't it?
let's leave my name out of this will you Bill...
she looks like a fine vessel from here... it is as old as i am...
too bad that the owner wasn't pleased with the construction of it....petersmile
Bill Phillips: As long as Penny is pleased with the construction of you Peter all is well smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 Jun 2015, 06:00
I thought she looked charming
Bill Phillips: as did I Chris. I never knew that his wife Genia was once Trotsky's private secretary
What a story! She looks fine to me Bill.
Bill Phillips: And to me Richard. A very handsome craft indeed
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 12 Jun 2015, 06:11
a prachtig ship -later I'll read your information ... Will you see Ginnie and Astrid, too?
Bill Phillips: You will b interested to know that Genia who was Arthur Ransome's wife was once the private secretary to Leon Trotsky
1945 was a very good year, Bill, and even I have leaked under rain, lost some head room and had difficulties with the sails. But I'm the happiest I've ever been in my life! grin
Bill Phillips: Well that is just wonderful Ginnie. Perhaps you should have a trip in Peter duck
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 12 Jun 2015, 08:05
Someone loves her, Bill
Bill Phillips: Looks like they do now Lisl
Sorry Bill, I got bored about a third of the way thru. Nice piccy thu.
Bill Phillips: Did you know who Genia was or didn't you get that far?
  • Pauline
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Jun 2015, 09:27
An unloved boat. What a shame.
Bill Phillips: I guess someone loves her now Philine
A rather troubled history Bill, but looking well on it
Bill Phillips: She is a fine looking craft but was not loved by the Ransomes
Who is Genia? This colour does not go well with water but since she is on land....
Bill Phillips: Evegenia or Genia Ransome was Arthur Ransome's wife. She was Russian and had onece been Leon Trotsky's private secretary
A fine example of British craftsmanship...That's why we don't build them anymore....
Bill Phillips: Hahahaha probably true
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Jun 2015, 12:27
So.. not a great success then? When I saw Ransomes I was thinking of the great Ransomes & Rapier of Ipswich rather than he of Swallows etc.
Bill Phillips: So lawnmower man then?
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Jun 2015, 12:52
Arthur Ransome? And then he ran some more ...
Bill Phillips: It's the way you tell them Louis.....
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Jun 2015, 15:24
Bill Phillips: No you'll never cut the grass with that thing ....I was thinking of this lot https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ransomes,_Sims_%26_Jefferies
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Jun 2015, 17:37
I don't care, just get some sails and get started, if we sink, we sink. Love the little floater.....
Bill Phillips: Spoken like a true native of a great maritime nation Lady P
Firewood.You need to get out more.
Bill Phillips: You are becoming an increasingly miserable old sod.
  • Richard T
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 13 Jun 2015, 07:39
So you were to busy taking snaps of boats to offer to buy us coffee and buns
Bill Phillips: Too much coffee causes high blood pressure and too many buns diabetes, so I was just thinking of your health comrade

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