Sailing boats must have names

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Posted by Magnus Smith on November 19, 2016 at 10:45:24 user Magnus.

I've just flicked through Secret Water to check my memory hadn't failed me. I cannot find any reference to the names of the three dinghies which the Eels sail.

Surely Ransome didn't dismiss these craft and let them go unnamed?! So many other pages are riddled with the carefully-italicised Wizard and Firefly. Then there's Lapwing, Speedy and Goblin. I just find it odd.

The Eel's dinghies even remain unnamed in the scene where six craft all raft up, and we learn who is sitting with who etc. This contains my second-favourite quote of all time, said by Roger:

"Here the fleet hogged."

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