We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea
Arthur Ransome

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We Didn't Mean to go to Sea2.jpg (8000 bytes) The title says a lot about the book. The "Swallows" and their mother are waiting for the return of the father of the family, Commander Walker of the British Navy, to return from the far east. They make friends with the university student skipper of the little cutter "Goblin" at Pin Mill and are allowed by their mother to be taken off for a few days of sailing on strict orders to stay in the local inland waters and not to go outside. A mishap and some lack of knowledge in the absence of his Captain put John Walker in charge of a vessel larger than he has ever sailed before, in the North Sea in a gale of wind, and desperately afraid he will lose their friend’s boat for him.

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