Monday, March 02, 2009


Interest in the boats-and-ships trivia seems to have died down, so here're the answers. Thanks to all who played.

The Goblin was the boat the four Walker children were adrift on in Arthur Ransome's classic children's adventure novel We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea, the best book in the classic "Swallows and Amazons" series.

The Dulcibella was the nondescript little boat in Erskine Caldwell's The Riddle of the Sands, one of the first spy novels and one of the first examples of "invasion literature", which apparently used to be a thing in England.

The Jammy Dodger appeared in the recent animated movie Flushed Away.

The Hispaniola is from the all-time classic adventure novel Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson, and if that doesn't fetch the kids, they've gone rotten since my day.

The Arabella belonged to Captain Blood, in Rafael Sabatini's novel and subsequent short stories.

Starfare's Gem was the ship belonging to the expedition of Giants, in Stephen R. Donaldson's "Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever."

The Disco Volante was the hydrofoil belonging to Emilio Largo, in both the book and the movie of Thunderball.

The La Paloma was the ship that carried the black bird to San Francisco, in the book and movie The Maltese Falcon.

The Busted Flush was the houseboat belonging to Travis McGee, in John D. MacDonald's excellent series of mystery novels about that character.

The Calico was the research ship whose adventures were chronicled in the Godzilla cartoon of the late 1970s.

The Persephone was the salvage boat belonging to Nick Adonidas in the long-running Canadian TV show The Beachcombers.

The Sleuth was the speedboat belonging to the Hardy Boys in their series of books.