Sail Swallow and Amazon

The classic dinghies from the original Swallows and Amazons 1974 film.

I would like to Donate

On Page 9 of the current Signals there is a poll to decide how Susie Catley and Di Stockwell’s £ 67,000 legacy. Join in if you want it to be spent on Sail Swallow and Amazon.

Click on this green link The Arthur Ransome Society Payment Site ( and make sure you use the donation option marking it “S&A Fund”, adding any specific thing you want to give for, or it will go into a general fund for either boat.  All donors will receive a certificate and have their on a board of honour.

(Cash options (cheque or BACS))
Cheque to David Middleton, address in Signals or TARS c/o Abbot Hall, Kirkland, Kendal LA9 5AL
UK Bank transfer (BACS) You can use a bank transfer instead from your own account.
– Sort Code: 40-26-02 and account 61245775, The Arthur Ransome Society Ltd, Reference: If you are a TARS member: SS&A Fund, Your Member Number, Surname. If not a member, SS&A Fund, your first and second names, and we would also like your email address to send you your certificate.

(Overseas Direct transfer:
For Overseas members: IBAN: GB98 HBUK 4026 0261 2457 75; BIC: HBUKGB4135V;
HSBC UK Bank PLC, 64 Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4TF
SS&A Fund and your membership number and surname as the reference. If non-member SS&A Fund first and second names.)

Within 24 hours of the Board decision we had received £500 to the S&A Fund, and it is over £17,000 now so we have achieved the matched funding from The Nancy Blackett Trust to put Swallow on her way to being restored for £11,800. Amazon is on the water ready to hire for under £2000.

and then we need to find 2024 licence and mooring fees, and

restoration funding for Amazon! 

And then we are looking for a cushion fund against crash repairs as it will be cheaper to get the boats repaired and working instead of waiting on insurance paperwork, so will be looking for a further £5000 per boat to facilitate this, and another cushion fund against being unable to hire sue to adverse weather conditions.

Thereafter the boats should more or less earn their keep. ☺The expert annual maintenance and relatively chemical free waters should prolong the interval between restorations.

Amazon: Amazon is ready to row and to sail thanks to the Hunter’s team. Thank you all!


Swallow is in need of a considerable amount of repair and restoration and has all the money in place so they are starting work in the most economic way possible.

Swallow before restoration, cracked rib and broken rollock housing

Titmouse after Hunter’s who own her has restored her

Fund growth:

Target 1 Achieved Amazon on the water for hire for under £2000

Target 2 Achieved! We have the £11,800 to repair Swallow’s broken woodwork, and as they go to investigate how much timber needs replacing, re-varnish, and perhaps more money if more timber needs replacing than they think. Work started late August 2023.

Target 3 £10,000 to renovate and re-varnish Amazon probably 2025/6

Target 4 £10,000 as a fund to repair the boats before insurance crawls in so we can continue to earn as soon as possible.