Peter Duck

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Design No. 0054

Built for: Arthur. M.  Ransome
Builder: H. King, Pin Mill, England
Date designed: 1946

Class – Hull Number          Peter Duck Class No. 1

Principal Design Data

L.O.A: 28’ 0” (8.53 m)
Datum: 25’ 6” (7.77 m)
Beam Max: 9’ 0″   (2.74 m)
Draft: 3′ 6”   (1.07 m)
Displacement tons: 5.61
T.M.: 8.05 tons
Ballast ratio: 43.6%
Sail Area: 293 sq. ft
Rig: Bermudan Ketch


In 1929, as Jack Laurent Giles was overseeing the construction of his first design and putting his final touches to that of Argo his fourth, Arthur Ransome a media correspondent who whilst covering the Russian Revolution and was also employed as a spy for His Majesty’s Government began work on his seminal novel Swallows & Amazons. Ransome, who had owned little ships in which to work, did not want her 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.


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Individual Drawing Copies

Please download and print the drawings list for Peter Duck, Individual plan copies cost $85.00 which includes standard airmail. Please contact us using the link for information on how to order.

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Study Notes

14 page A4 format colour booklet containing many small scale drawings and photographs as well as technical data and an abridged specifications of the Peter Duck and Peter Duck class.

Model Plans

0054 Tinted Lines copy

Full set of Stock Building Plans

9145 Spars Rigging and Deck Plan low res

A replica of Peter Duck can be constructed from the original 1946 drawings, or if preferred using strip plank construction for which full construction, rigging and outfit drawings will be provided.

Poster & Art Prints