Update Log


The intent is for this log to record updates and additions to All Things Ransome as an aid for the maintainers, and also for those who would like to check periodically and see what's new. Please note that maintenance to replace obsolete or broken links or fix errors introduced during the re-implementation will generally not be recorded as "updates" going forward unless an particular change is significant.

05-Mar-2017 Three new Youtube videos were added to the Media Vault: Britain's Lost Waterlands: Escape to Swallows and Amazons Country; BBC - The Secret Life of Books Series 2 (2015) Part 6: Swallows and Amazons; and the full 1974 film of Swallows and Amazons.
27-Jan-2017 An article by Rob Boden on the restoration of the Dogs Home has been added to the Dogs Home page in Locations. Several pictures of the Dogs Home just prior to and during restoration have been added to the Dogs Home page.
21-Jan-2017 A review of Julian Lovelock's Swallows, Amazons and Coots by Mike Dennis has been added to the Ransome Readers Recommend section, and linked also from the Literary Pages Reviews.

A cartoon "First Drafts: Arthur Ransome" has been added to the Media Vault section.

A map of Crab Island by Petr Krist has been added to the Maps section.
21-Nov-2015 A page about the Ransome Room at the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry at Abbott Hall, Kendal, has been added to the Locations section.
06-Nov-2015 Mike Field's narrative about his boat Aileen Louise has been updated; the page is in the Boats and Dinghies section, in "The Boats of Swallows and Amazons".
02-Oct-2015 Harold Dobinson's 1939 reply card from AR responding to questions about the Lakes locations has been added to the Connections section.
06-May-2015 A review of Roland Chambers' "The Last Englishman" by Peter Ceresole has been added to the Ransome Readers Recommend section and linked from the Literary Pages "Reviews" subsection.
18-Feb-2015 An essay on "Fictional Inspirations" has been added to the Inspirations section. This essay by Peter Hyland, explores chracters from Hugh Lofting's "Dr. Dolittle" books and their parallels to some Ransome characters.
14-Jan-2015 A new section, Inspirations, has been added to ATR. This section is an effort to explore the actual people who played a part in Ransome's formulation of many of his characters, in particular the major child characters. We have also included references to the few people (mostly adults) where there is a single individual who was the model for a character.

The former "Swallows" and "Amazons" pages have been removed from Locations as they are obsoleted by the new Inspirations section.

The existing Announcements and Broadsides section has been repurposed and will be used to announce significant new content or changes to All Things Ransome, in addition to its existing purpose of announcing Rensome-related events etc.
22-Dec-2014 A collection of favourite quotations from Arthur Ransome, largely but not exclusively from the Swallows & Amazon series, has been added to the Literary Pages and is available from the Literary Pages index.
25-Sep-2014 The 1998-2000 TARS IAGM pictures which used to be in the old Slide Show section have been relocated to the Archives section. In addition, Pixie Coleman Smiths's Annansy Stories has been linked from the Literary Pages Sources index.
16-Sep-2014 An interview with Philippa Ryan, the daughter of Ursula Collingwood, youngest of the Collingwood family that befriended Arthur Ransome, has been posted to the Connections section. The interview was conducted by Roger Wardale in the 1990s.
18-Aug-2014 Slightly revised versions of Mike Field's maps of The Lake, Wild Cat Island, and Secret Water have been posted to the Maps section.
11-Jul-2014 Peter Hyland's Online Index to Mixed Moss in the Literary Pages under Guides has been updated through 2014 (as the 2014 Mixed Moss has already been published).
24-Apr-2014 The online publication on All Things Ransome of A Swallow's Tale by Roger Wardale was announced on TarBoard on 31 March 2014, and was followed (as usual on TarBoard) by some commentary. We decided to preserve observations which were amplifications or observations to the original text in a "Notes and Observations" page linked from A Swallow's Tale at Notes and Observations.
08-Apr-2014 A new section, Locations, has been created from the old Slide Show section, with some new material and new pictures. As much of the Slide Show content as possible has been preserved (bad links and such have been removed). A few pages have been renamed (e.g. "Norfolk" is now "Horning"), or replaced with new material ("The Author became "Rusland Church" as all that was there were two old pics of Ransome's gravesite, whereas the new pictures are much better, and "Great Northern" with new text and a new image). Two entirely new pages have been added, "Secret Water" and "The Swallows".
30-Mar-2014 A new article by Roger Wardale, A Swallow's Tale, was added to the Boats and Dinghies section of All Things Ransome, together with an excerpt of the 1991 letter from Roger Fothergill to Roger Wardale concerning Fothergill's owning Swallow in the 1930s. The article is an updated version of the article appearing in the 2014 edition of Mixed Moss, the journal of TARS, The Arthur Ransome Society.
28-Feb-2013 A link to the Youtube video of the 1963 Freeze of Windermere, identified on TarBoard by Roger Wardale, was posted to the Media Vault section of All Things Ransome.
01-Jan-2014 A new section, Arthur Ransome Connections was added to ATR. The new section is intended to be a depository for tales, stories, and anecdotes of people who knew, met or contacted Arthur Ransome and whose lives were affected thereby.

"Arthur Ransome Responses", formerly under "Archives", was removed as we have only had one entry. That entry, about "Admiral Taylor Rhodes", is now part of the new Connections section.
08-Nov-2013 The extremely out of date booklists pages in the Literary Pages have been replaced with a link to the Bibliography section of the Arthur Ransome Trust website, with the gracious permission of the Trust.
14-Oct-2013 An "Admiralty Chart" of The Lake by Ing. Petr Krist of the Czech Republic has been added to the Maps Section.
06-Aug-2013 An article by Peter Hyland exploring the many "missing natives" in the Swallows & Amazons books and a proposed explanation has been added to the Literary Pages under Exploring Ransome's Books. This article is an amended version of an original which appeared in Mixed Moss 2007 published by The Arthur Ransome Society.
02-Aug-2013 An article by Mike Dennis reassessing Ransome's Children's Books, and Ransome's position in the literary world has been added to the Literary Pages under Exploring Ransome's Books.
24-Jun-2013 Plans for T.S.S.Y. Esperance have been posted to the Boats and Dinghies section, and a map of "Arthur Ransome in Lakeland" has been posted to the Maps section, courtesy of and with the permission of the Lakeland Arts Trust.
27-Feb-2013 The Literary Pages index, which had become unwieldy, has been reorganized into multiple sub-indices with a master index page, and a search functiuon for All Things Ransome has been provided from the home page.
25-Feb-2013 Peter Hyland's Online Index to Mixed Moss in the Literary Pages under Guides has been updated through 2012.
15-Feb-2013 A Brief Biography of Arthur Ransome, by Peter Hyland, has been added to the Literary Pages under Articles.
05-Feb-2013 Mike Field's article "Prototypes of Peter Duck's Crab Island and Roger's Monkey 'Gibber'" which first appeared on the TarBoard has been adapted by the author and added to the Literary Pages under Articles.
26-Jan-2013 Donald Tunnicliff Rice's article "About That Towed Ship..." (which is also also a review of Villiers' Grain Race Trilogy has been added to the Literary Pages under Articles, and also linked from Ransome Readers Recommend.
18-Dec-2012 A link to the LibraVox audio recordings of Old Peter's Russian Tales has been added to the Media Vault section of All Things Ransome, and a link to the Project Gutenberg page for the book has been added to the Literary Pages index.
14-Nov-2012 A review of Christina Hardyment's The World of Arthur Ransome by Owen Roberts has been posted to the Ransome Readers Recommend section of All Things Ransome and the Reviews section of the Literary Pages.
29-Oct-2012 A review of H. Alker Tripp's Shoal Waters and Fairway by David Bamford has been posted to the "Ransome Readers Recommend" section of All Things Ransome. David has also provided a recommendation for Lodestart Books, which has been added to the "How to find your book" article linked from "Ransome Readers Recommend".
26-Oct-2012 The "Archives" section of All Things Ransome now includes an archive of "Furthest South", the newsletter of The Arthur Ransome Society in Australia and New Zealand.
18-Jul-2012 The "Archives" section of All Things Ransome now includes "Ransome's Responses to Readers" intended to provide a place to collect as many of Ransome's reader response notes as we can, together with any interesting stories or information about the responses.
15-Jul-2012 An article on "Captain Flint's Houseboat", by Claire Barnett, has been added to the "Arthur Ransome's Boats" section of All Things Ransome.
08-Jun-2012 A link to the "Country Tracks" segment about filming the 1973 "Swallows and Amazons" has been added to the Media Vault. Additionally a link to Sophie Neville's blog recounting the filming, and much else, has been added to the home page under "Blogs, Wikis and Websites".
30-May-2012 A second review of The Salt-Stained Book, by Todd Klein, has been added to the Ransome Readers Recommend Section.
11-May-2012 David Carter's booklet Arthur Ransome's Railways has been added to the Literary Pages under Articles.

A review of AR's book The Elixir of Life has been added to the Literary Pages under Reviews.
07-Mar-2012 Owen Roberts has provided an article on the cache found at the top of Kanchenjunga in Swallowdale. The article may be found in the Literary Pages under Articles.
07-Mar-2012 Adam Quinan has provided an index to issues of Signalling to MARS, the 1994-1995 online TARS newsletter. The index is linked from the Guides section of the Literary Pages, and is also available, along with the issues of the newsletter, at the Signalling to Mars home page.
02-Mar-2012 Peter Hyland's Online Index to Mixed Moss in the Literary Pages under Guides has been updated through 2011.
12-Jan-2011 A new map of the Norfolk Broads Northern Rivers by Ing. Petr Krist of the Czech Republic has been added to the Maps Section.
15-Dec-2011 A review of The Salt-Stained Book and A Ravelled Flag, the first two books of The Strong Winds Trilogy, and a second review of Arthur Ransome's Study of Robert Louis Stevenson, both by Peter Willis, have been added to Ransome Readers Recommend.
08-Nov-2011 The movie replica of Death and Glory has been added to the Arthur Ransome's Boats section.

The Ransome-related cartoons from Garth Hutton have been added to the Media Vault section.

Administrative information about All Things Ransome has been added to the "About All Things Ransome" introduction linked from the home page.
24-Sep-2011 A review by Owen Roberts of Kirsty Nichol Findlay's new book Arthur Ransome's Long-Lost Study of Robert Louis Stevenson has been posted on the Literary Pages and on Ransome Readers Recommend.
14-Jul-2011 Bill Wright's Guide to the Swallows and Amazons Novels is now hosted on All Things Ransome and is available in the Literary Pages.
14-Jun-2011 A review of Moonfleet has been added to Ransome Readers Recommend.
01-Jun-2011 Reviews of The Earthsea Trilogy and The Magic Pudding have been added to Ransome Readers Recommend.
01-May-2011 The archive of Signals from TARSUS newsletters in the Archive section has been updated with historical newsletters back to 1993.

A new section has been added to the archive, "TARSUS Introductory Bios", short introductions from TARSUS members telling in part how they discovered Ransome and the S&A books.
09-Apr-2011 A second review of No Boats on Bannermere by Geoffrey Trease has been added to Ransome Readers Recommend.
25-Mar-2011 A review of Another Country - A Guide to the Children's Books of the Lake District and Cumbria has been added to Ransome Readers Recommend.
1-Mar-2011 A page offering suggestions for finding the books recommended in the Ransome Readers Recommend section has been added to the index for that section.
18-Feb-2011 A page introducing the All Things Ransome Association, which is responsible for maintaining both the All Things Ransome website and TarBoard has been linked from the home page, as has a pageto allow users of ATR and TarBoard to donate towards the internet hosting costs for the websites.
16-Feb-2011 A review of No Boats on Bannermere by Geoffrey Trease has been added to Ransome Readers Recommend.
16-Feb-2011 A review of No Boats on Bannermere by Geoffrey Trease has been added to Ransome Readers Recommend..
07-Feb-2011 Peter Hyland's Online Index to Mixed Moss in the Literary Pages under Guides has been updated through 2011.
14-Jan-2011 A link to "The English Lakes" by W. T. Palmer was added to the Literary Pages under Sources. The quote about frozen Windermere in 1895 is on the linked page in addition to the link to the book itself.
12-Jan-2011 A new map of Secret Water by Ing. Petr Krist of the Czech Republic has been added to the Maps Section.
12-Jan-2011 Links to the Janson Media DVDs of Swallows and Amazons! Coot Club and Swallows and Amazons! The Big Six (The 1984 BBC Television Productions) have been posted in the Media Vault Section. These DVDs are Region encoded for North America.
04-Nov-2010 An announcement of the theatre production of Swallows and Amazons at the Bristol Old Vic, from 1 December to 15 January 2011, has been posted in the Announcements and Broadsides Section.
27-Sep-2010 The paragraph at the bottom of our home page was updated to reflect the fact that Tim Johns' academic website is unfortunately no longer available online.
23-Sep-2010 A review of Brambleholme Summer by Duncan Hall has been added to the Ransome Readers Recommend section.
13-Sep-2010 A "Trusts" section has been added to the home page under "Links...Elsewhere".   An entry for The Arthur Ransome Trust has been added to this section, and the entry for The Nancy Blacket Trust link has been moved to it.
02-Jul-2010 The movie replica of Swallow from the 1974 production of Swallows and Amazons has been added to the Arthur Ransome's Boats Section, with a link to the "Saving Swallow" website.
An announcement of the publication of the playscript for stage production of We Didn't Mean to Go so Sea has been posted in the Announcements and Broadsides Section.
19-May-2010 Stuart Wier has significantly updated his article on The Boats of Swallows and Amazons in the Arthur Ransome's Boats Section.
12-May-2010 An announcement from Coniston Launch has been posted in the Announcements and Broadsides Section about the Swallows and Amazons cruises offered by Coniston Launch on Coniston Water.
Maps of The Lake and the Great Northern area from Ing. Petr Krist of the Czech Republic were added to the Maps Section, and the section was reorganized to contain contributions from multiple cartographers.
21-Apr-2010 An announcement from The National Trust has been posted in the Announcements and Broadsides Section about the regular 'Wild Cat Island' cruises by Steam Yacht Gondola on Coniston Water.
11-Mar-2010 A link has been provided in the Announcements and Broadsides Section to the auction of the replica of Swallow used in the 1974 film of Swallows and Amazons. This entry was subsequently updated with information about its acquisition by a group of enthusiasts formed for the purpose via Tarboard and other online activities.
27-Jan-2010 A new article on Building a boat 'just like' the Swallow, by Stuart Wier and Andrew Goltz, has been added to the "Arthur Ransome's Boats" section.
23-Dec-2009 The Media Vault section has been added to All Things Ransome. The Media Vault is intended as a repository for links to video and audio clips of or about Arthur Ransome available on the web, or in some cases information about material available elsewhere.
18-Dec-2009 Peter Hyland has updated his Online Subjects and Authors Indices to Mixed Moss, the TARS Publication, current through January 2010. The Indices may be found in the "Guides" section of the Literary Pages.
25-Nov-2009 Three articles by Arthur Ransome have been recovered to the Literary Pages: "The Truth About Russia", "Rod and line: Poachers" and "Famine on the Volga", and the "Hanging Man" game from the original Centreboard Junior TARS website has been added to the Quizzes and games section.
08-Nov-2009 The home page of All Things Ransome has been reorganized alphabetically (for sections on All Things Ransome itself), and divided into categories (such as "Clubs, Groups and Societies") on the links to resources available elsewhere.
08-Nov-2009 The Slide Show and Quizzes sections have been recovered from the old AR site and are once again available. Please bring any broken links or other problems to our attention so they may be fixed.
06-Nov-2009 An article on The Origins of the Northern River Pirates, by Peter Roche, has been added to the Literary Pages section, in "Articles".
28-Oct-2009 A review of The Adventures of Ben Gunn by R.F. Delderfield, a prequel to Treasure Island, was added to the Ransome Readers Recommend section. Reviewed by Claire Barnett.
21-Sep-2009 A review of the Fell Farm books by Marjorie Lloyd was added to the Ransome Readers Recommend section, and that review and the review of Big Tiger and Christian were updated by including the reviews of the books which the reviewer wrote for the TARS Library when donating editions of the books to the Library. Reviews by Dave Thewlis.
18-Sep-2009 The Trivia Section in the Literary Pages has had its index reorganized by the book in which each item appears (thanks to Peter Dowden and the Arthur Ransome Wiki for the idea), and new trivia items have been added from Tom Napier and Peter Dowden.
15-Sep-2009 The new Online Archives section is intended as a place to archive ephemera such as journals and newsletters, to make them available in the future to researchers and other Ransome enthusiasts. The initial contents include the 1994-1995 Signalling to Mars electronic newsletter, and the TARS U.S. Signals from TARSUS newsletter, available online since 1998.
15-Aug-2009 We have implemented a new section, Arthur Ransome's Boats, focused on Arthur Ransome's boats, real and fictional, and on other boats owned by Ransome enthusiasts and continuing in the tradition of the boats Ransome owned and wrote about. This section is inclusive of Stuart Wier's seminal The Boats of Swallows and Amazons, but is intended to be broader in focus and content.
22-Jun-2009 Reviews from several new contributors have been posted to Ransome Readers Recommend. Our thanks to the contributors, from Canada, the U.K., and Australia. As noted, we are actively seeking new contributions from Ransome readers worldwide – send your reviews to Ransome Readers Recommend.
18-Jun-2009 Ransome Readers Recommend is a new section added to All Things Ransome which offers short reviews and recommendations by Ransome readers of books they feel will be enjoyed by other Ransome readers. The reviews are oriented towards (but are not exclusively for) juniors. This section is based on a regular column of the same name in the TARS U.S. newsletter Signals from TARSUS, and most of the initial reviews come from that column. We are actively seeking new contributions from Ransome readers worldwide – send your reviews to Ransome Readers Recommend.
05-May-2009 Martin Hickes' May 4th, 2009 article from the Yorkshire Post about Arthur Ransome, The spy's story...childhood classic makes splash again, has been posted in the Articles section of the Literary Pages.
09-Apr-2009 We have posted a link to the Russian Arthur Ransome site on the All Things Ransome home page. This web site was created by Evgenia Ransome's great-nephew, Gleb Viktorovich Drapkin. The site has much new information and photographs, including a Shelepin family history and Evegenia Shelepina.
29-Mar-2009 We have created a "References and Allusions" category in the Literary Pages for poetic and prose references and allusions in the Swallows and Amazons canon. This is something that Tim Johns, the creator of the Literary Pages, had hoped to have the Literary Pages do at some point in the future. We already had a link to "Casabianca" to serve as the basis for the new category, which will undoubtedly grow apace. Contributions welcome!
26-Mar-2009 We have published an appreciation of Tim Johns and his contributions to Ransome lore and to All Things Ransome at Tim Johns, and request that anyone who would like to offer a story or information please contact Dave Thewlis.
24-Mar-2009 Stuart Wier's "The Boats of Swallows and Amazons" pages are now hosted on All Things Ransome, linked from the home page as their own category. Our thanks to the Stuart Wier, the other contributors, and to the AusTARS website and webmasters.
07-Mar-2009 Robert Thompson's The Children's Books of Arthur Ransome is now hosted on All Things Ransome and the link from the Literary Pages points to the material on the ATR site. This is a complicated set of pages so if any readers discover problems please let us know!
25-Feb-2009 The Literary Pages index now has a new category, "Books", as a result of the following item.

Arthur Ransome's 1906 "Nature Books for Children", The Child's Guide to the Seasons, Pond and Stream, and Things In Our Garden, are now available as electronic PDFs.
13-Feb-2009 Peter Hyland's Online Index to Mixed Moss has been updated to the present day. These files contain Subjects and Authors indices and an index to the now-defunct Despatches.
08-Dec-2008 Transcripts and PDFS of the original logs kept by George and Josephine Russell of the fitting-out of Cochybondhu and the voyages of Fairway and Fairway X (the Northern River Pirates) in 1938 and 1939 were added to the Literary Pages.
17-Oct-2008 A section was provided on the home page to the Downloadable Maps of Wild Cat Island, The Lake, and Secret Water, from Mike Fields.
27-Sep-2008 A link was provided on the home page to the Japanese Language Arthur Ransome Wiki from Peter Dowden.
1-Aug-2008 "It's a Wise Child", by Isobel Laidler, aged 12, added to the Articles section on the Literary Pages.
31-Jul-2008 Announcements in the Announcements and Broadsides section will now be retained after they are no longer timely, as they may be of future interest to enthusiasts and researchers. If the section grows unwieldy we will implement an archive.
26-Jul-2008 A link was provided on the home page to the new Arthur Ransome Wiki recently implemented by Peter Dowden.
16-Jul-2008 An Excerpt from How the Heather Looks, by Joan Bodger, recounting an interview with Arthur Ransome in 1958, was added to the Articles section of the Literary Pages. Our grateful thanks to the Estate of Joan Bodger for permission to reprint this excerpt from her book.
24-Jun-2008 "26' Hillyard Barnacle Goose for sale" was added to the Announcements and Broadsides section.
15-May-2008 A new section, Announcements and Broadsides, was added to All Things Ransome as a place for postings about Ransome-related events and occurrences of interest to Ransome enthusiasts.

"We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea – from a novel to a play" was added to the new Announcements and Broadsides section.
07-May-2008 "A Syrian Boathouse" added to the Articles section of the Literary Pages. This article was contributed by Jill Goulder late in 2006.
13-Apr-2008 "Whose side was he on?", "A sailor with strange credentials", "Casabianca" added to the Literary Pages.

Revised Copyright and Usage Information; new e-mail address for contributions.
08-Apr-2008 Added the "Namesake (Totem) Animals" articles by Molly McGinnis to the Literary Pages.
07-Apr-2008 Moved Ed Kiser's Morse Code Training Program package to a separate page and added a sample of program output.
06-Apr-2008 Added Ed Kiser's Morse Code Training Program package to the downloads section.
03-Apr-2008 Link to Robert Thompson's "The Children's Books of Arthur Ransome" survey of the many editions of AR's twelve S&A books added to the Guides section of the Literary Pages.
31-Mar-2008 Revised Mixed Moss Subjects and Authors indexes updated to March 2008 from Peter Hyland.
30-Mar-2008 Added Ed Kiser's Blue Skies star mapper program to the Downloads section.

Added a link to some Morse Code training programs and other Morse Code items to the Downloads section.
28-Mar-2008 Links to digitized versions of "Bevis: The Story of a Boy" and "Wood Magic" on Google Books were added to the Introduction page of the "Bevis" selection in the Literary Pages.

The "Trivia" page in the literary pages was given its own section in the Literary Pages index.

The literary pages were scanned to fix errant 'em dashes' and 'en dashes' in the text - originally X'97' (Decimal 151) and X'96' (Decimal 150) were used for the em dash and the en dash respectively. This worked with some code pages but not all, and violates Unicode and especially UTF-8, as does — often used as em dash but still incorrect. The characters were replaced with — for em dash and – for en dash, the correct encoding for those glyphs as of HTML 4.0 (which supports Unicode). This encoding works with current browsers but might cause a problem on older browsers; however the choice seems to be binary.
27-Mar-2008 All Things Ransome went live. Primary content is Literary Pages as archived in very late 2006 or early 2007, thus probably up-to-date, plus downloads page. On the Literary Pages,
  • All pages were updated to return to the Literary Pages index page or to the All Things Ransome index page as needed
  • A new review of "Signaling from MARS" was found by Andrew and it and the Claudia FitzHubert interviews were combined folloowing Tim's model for book interviews
  • Some obsolete links in articles, especially in the Masefield article, were replaced by current links also from Andrew
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