We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea

We Didn t Mean To Go To Sea Like to spend a night in the Goblin The Swallows are staying on the Suffolk coast while they wait for their father to return home from China But although the harbour is bursting with bobbing yachts b

  • Title: We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea
  • Author: Arthur Ransome
  • ISBN: 9780224021234
  • Page: 422
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Like to spend a night in the Goblin The Swallows are staying on the Suffolk coast while they wait for their father to return home from China But although the harbour is bursting with bobbing yachts, barges and steamers, this year there s no chance of any sailing for the landlocked Swallows That is until they rescue young Jim Brading and his boat the Goblin from a stick Like to spend a night in the Goblin The Swallows are staying on the Suffolk coast while they wait for their father to return home from China But although the harbour is bursting with bobbing yachts, barges and steamers, this year there s no chance of any sailing for the landlocked Swallows That is until they rescue young Jim Brading and his boat the Goblin from a sticky situation and to their delight are recruited as crew members Mother agrees they can go, on one condition they absolutely must not sail out past Beach End Buoy and into the open sea

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  • Arthur Ransome

    Arthur Michell Ransome was born in Leeds in 1884 and educated in Windermere and Rugby His family spent their summers at Nibthwaite, to the south of Coniston Water.In 1902, Ransome abandoned a chemistry degree to become a publisher s office boy in London He used this precarious existence to practise writing, producing several minor works before Bohemia in London 1907 , a study of London s artistic scene and his first significant book.An interest in folklore, together with a desire to escape an unhappy first marriage, led Ransome to St Petersburg, where he was ideally placed to observe and report on the Russian Revolution He knew many of the leading Bolsheviks, including Lenin, Radek, Trotsky and the latter s secretary, Evgenia Shvelpina These contacts led to persistent but unproven accusations that he spied for both the Bolsheviks and Britain.Ransome married Evgenia and returned to England in 1924 Settling in the Lake District, he spent the late 1920s as a foreign correspondent and highly respected angling columnist for the Manchester Guardian, before settling down to write Swallows and s and its successors.Today Ransome is best known for his Swallows and s series of novels, 1931 1947 All remain in print and have been widely translated.Arthur Ransome died in June 1967 and is buried at Rusland in the Lake District.

  • 108 Comments

  • Surely the best children's book ever written. Yes, dammit, this time I'm finishing the sentence. It is just superb. I daresay there will be the usual bunch of reviewers moaning that it took too long to get going. But this was a book written in the time before young people had the attention span of a gnat, and actually everything in the first half of the book is important to the second half of the book. It's called construction.This is probably (although I'm only halfway through the series so may [...]


  • This is definitely one of my favorite of the Swallows and s series. Having presumably exhausted the possibilities of fresh-water sailing, Ransome sets the Walker children accidentally afloat, and a-sail, on the ocean. It's a believable accident, and they deal with it well. I didn't like that it was the girls who ended up seasick and panicky, especially since Susan's character has always skimmed the edge of being stodgy and grown-up anyway; if it weren't for Captain Nancy and Mate Peggy from the [...]


  • I love this adventure in which the Walker children end up drifting out to sea, and must use all their nautical know-how to survive on the open ocean.Tensions run high, and every new obstacle shows each vibrant character at their best, despite their fears and foibles. I love every book in the series!


  • Might be my favorite -- so far, at least --in the old-fashioned 1930s British Swallow and series in which the setting shifts away from the lake country to the salty coast.The Walker children are paired up with a new sea-going vessel the GOBLIN owned by a competent young man Jim Brading. Things, however, go terribly wrong -- and John faces his most challenging commander role yet with help from Susan, Titty, and Roger.As per usual the children are caring of one another, cautiously brave, competen [...]


  • I didn't like this as much as the others in the series so far, mostly because there is too much technical sailing jargon and discussion of sandbanks to really grab me, as a non-sailor.Basically the action moves from the Lake District to the east coast - Harwich to be exact. The Walker children meet a young boat skipper, Jim, and (after their mother has checked his background) they're allowed to spend the night on his boat, the Goblin, as long as they remain in the harbour.The title is a bit of a [...]


  • Did you ever do something that was forbidden, but what's worse you did not intend to do it?This book is set in England. The main characters is group of siblings, that once meet a boy with sailing boat and become friends with him. They persuade him to take them on boat while they are waiting for their father to come back from business trip in Netherland. He agrees but with the back luck fortune, on the day of start of the sail the boy gets separated from the children as he hits his head and end u [...]


  • I found and read the Swallows and s series in my early 20s. I am only sorry I did not find them earlier. Stories of the family's summer adventures are beautifully written, and encourage responsible and creative living. Self reliance, intelligent reasoning skills, and strong imagination with these children provide an excellent backdrop for this series of books, as well as strong roll-models for any youngsters reading them.


  • This is a wonderful children's book that I would highly recommend. Full of laughs, realism, and siblings being independent, this is a story that's sure to entice the most reluctant reader. Dear me that sounded cheesy. But seriously, this is an awesome little story that was just as good as I remembered, if not more so!


  • The book is actually: We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea which I read as a child. Today it would be on the young adult shelf, but in my opinion would be enjoyable for adults. It is a wonderful adventure story, and I have read it two or three times.


  • One of my go to titles when I need reassurance! Arthur Ransome, Dick Francis, J.K. Rowling, Robin McKinley, you never fail me!



  • I read the other Arthur Ransome books as a child but this one never came my way. My sister sent it to me having found it second hand and I enjoyed it very much.



  • This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.In We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea, the Walker children and their mother are waiting at Pin Mill for Daddy to arrive home when they meet a young sailor named Jim Brading. Jim promises to sail the kids around to a few of the nearby ports, giving Mrs. Walker his word that he will not take John, Susan, Titty, and Roger to sea. He doesn’t anticipate the fact that he will run out of petrol, or that a heavy fog will descend over his boat, The Gobli [...]


  • After having read the recent children's novel, Summer at Forsaken Lake (Beil), with its many references to this book, I made an effort to get a copy. It was an effort , too, since our public library doesn't have it, and the first version I ordered (from Oxford Bookworms Library) turned out to be, unbeknownst to me, an abridged version for early readers. Having re-ordered and finally received the original version, I dove in. This book is a part of the classic "Swallows and s" series. A previous b [...]


  • This is one of my favourites from the Swallows and s series. As a young teenager I read all of them, (even thought they had been bought for my brother!) but when it comes to re-reading this came out more than most of the others! The books are all about a group of children who have adventures together, most of them revolving around sailing. In this story, four of them, the Walker family brothers and sisters have an amazing adventure when the boat they are sleeping on drifts out to sea and they ha [...]


  • It's very odd coming back to a book after a gap of, perhaps, 40 years, and seeing whether it still works (and how much you can remember!) I loved it then and enjoyed it just as much this time round, but it was a different experience reading it as an adult (have I turned into Susan?) It's full of sailing terminology which can be a bit off-putting if you don't sail, but part of the point of reading books which are outside your own experience is to expand your horizons and knowledge, and these book [...]


  • The seventh book in the Swallows and s series focuses solely on the Swallows (John, Susan, Titty and Roger), although Nancy, Peggy, Dick and Dorothea are all mentioned briefly.The story opens with the Swallows taking another boat trip, supervised by a sea captain called Jim, to make sure they don't sail out of the harbour. Of course, the title is an obvious clue to what is going to happenJim has to sail to shore to get supplies, and he never returns (his apparent disappearance is explained later [...]


  • I've sailed all my life, and had a few harrowing experiences as a young teenager out in Lake Ontario. I think that's why I found this book really scary. The kids sail across the North Sea--at NIGHT--all alone in the shipping lanes. It's actually a terrifying prospect, for anyone, let alone 4 kids under the age of 14. It also makes it pretty gripping, and a really good sailing yarn. The nautical terms, the knowledge of points of sail, the language aboard the boat, are all very accurate and there' [...]


  • I read this book again this weekend for three reasons: 1) I needed some fiction, 2) I have been in some tough weather scrapes recently with my little boat and 3) I wanted to remember how John and his siblings handled their weather situations.This is an amazing book.Arthur Ransome sets up the story so well and gets the reader into the minds of his characters so much so that one begins thinking what Susan and Roger and Titty and John are thinking. The timeline for the story is only a handful of da [...]


  • After a gentle start (there are seven chapters of preparation before anything out of the ordinary happens), this turns into an exciting story, in which four children find themselves unintentionally sailing a yacht across the North Sea, at night and in bad weather.There are no baddies in this story: its heroes battle against the elements and their own limitations. But it's quite an epic struggle in which they're at real risk of death.Readers should be warned that this is a sea story written by a [...]


  • Another exciting and wonderfully written tale in the Swallows and s series. As in Ransome's other books, I particularly enjoyed the way he uses technical sailing jargon (and unfamiliar British terminology) without writing down to the reader - he rarely defines terms, but rather uses them in a natural context that eventually reveals their meanings to attentive readers. I remember when I originally read the series as a lad in upper elementary school, I got myself a book on sailing so I could look [...]


  • Another fun book in the Swallows and s series. This one depicts the Walkers as the military family they are, waiting for their dad to return from a long assignment away, and awaiting orders for their new duty station. That's just the backdrop, but we liked it for its familiarity. It shows the kids depending on each other, making mistakes and being overcome (some of them) by seasickness and worry, but then overcoming their problems by ingenuity, strength, courage, teamwork, and/or the kindness of [...]


  • Probably the best of the Arthur Ransome "Swallows and s" books, this book is the most realistic and the least whimsical. Forced to cross the open sea when they are accidentally swept out to sea on a friends boat, the "Goblin", they must rely on each other and what they have been taught to safely get to a destination. any destination! John, the oldest brother, grows up in this book and becomes the strong leader that you have known he might develop into in past books. The story resolution is just [...]


  • definitely fun book to read.our new book to study this year for my form 3.I hope the kids will enjoy it.


  • If you only read one of the series, this is the one. Then you start at the beginning ;-) A great yarn about a quartet of brave and resource kids who ride out a massive North Sea storm in a borrowed boat after the ship's master disappears and the tide takes them -- you guessed it -- out to sea from their safe anchorage. Vivid writing, a great storyline, and lots of details/allusions to other books/events in the series.


  • The four Walker children (John, Susan, Titty, and Roger) are puttering about in a boat skippered by young Jim Broding when it drifts irrevocably away. They are not prepared for this turn of events but astonishingly they manage to sail the boat all the way to Holland and back without drowning or damaging the boat. This is my favorite of all the Swallows and s books, and easily the most exciting.


  • John, Susan, Roger and Titty Walker meet Jim Brading and the Goblin. A three day cruise is planned. They run out of gas, Jim is hit by a bus, the anchor drags, the fog come in and nights comes. The girls are sea sick. John almost fall overboard reefing the sails. They narrowly miss a freighter, sail through a fishing fleet and take on a Dutch pilot and sail into Flushing. Surprisingly their dad is leaving on a boat for England and sees them coming in. Quite an adventure!


  • Some years ago, before she passed away, I asked my grandmother what her favorite book was, and—in spite of the abundance of illustrious novels lining her shelves—her answer was We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea. So I skipped the first six novels in the series (sorry!) and read it. Probably my grandmother remembered reading it as a child; as I am no longer in that target age range, I did not quite fall in love with it. But (once you get around all the nautical jargon) it is sweet and fun.


  • a wonderful story read when I was a child, but equally good as an adult. Quite extraordinary the freedoms children used to have and don't now. Our group read it because we all lived close to where it is based in Suffolkd the location is still much the same and recognisable. A great read and adventure


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