Arthur Ransome, who had owned little ships in which to work, did not want his new 29′ yacht to be named Peter Duck which was Giles suggestion, and at first Ransome insisted just the abbreviation PD. He also was in rather a rush to take delivery, lines were drawn in November 1945 and somehow Giles managed to get the drawings out to Pin Mill for H King to start work in January 1946.

Ransome owned her for three years but it was a turbulent start, he was not pleased that during her construction Giles continued to refer to the vessel as Peter Duck but matters were worsened when during construction, although apparent from the arrangement drawings which he had seen and approved, he became aware that there was not full sitting headroom above the aft berth. It was rather too late to do anything about this and Ransome then appeared to lose interest in the boat.

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