A nice place to start would be the Dao-Dao Islands some seven to ten minutes away from the seaport, when riding a motorboat.

It is a rather big island, with an area size of about 1.1057 hectares.

There is also the White Beach that, as its name suggests, is a stretch of white sand beach just minutes southeast of the seaport. The clear, deep, blue waters (even during low tides) are excellent for swimming and diving.

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By this time in his life, Ransome, aged 62, was suffering from ‘ruptures’ - by which he meant hernias - and stomach troubles and he planned this new boat as a ‘marine bath chair’ for his old age.

He was a reliable, reassuring personality ‘with a fringe of white beard round a face that was as brown and wrinkled as a walnut’ and his name should have been perfect for the new yacht - except that Peter Duck, the ancient mariner, didn’t like getting old and neither did Ransome.

However, if one will just look around more, they will find that there are other less-known but equally beautiful beach spots in other parts of the Philippines.

In Pagadian, in particular, there are beaches and islands that will make one believe that there is such a thing as a secluded paradise on Earth.

My youngest brother had to sleep in an old-fashioned pipe cot lashed above our mother’s bunk; my middle brother slept in the forward part of the boat - the foc’sle, where Ransome had planned to store ropes and spare sails; but I, the oldest, weedled my way into possession of the berth in a deeply recessed space beneath Peter Duck’s deck, where any small bookworm could curl up and read to her heart’s content.

I can still feel the slight prickliness of my cotton-and-feather sleeping bag as I lay there in Peter Duck, sniffing the wood-smoke on a hill above Lake Windermere or thrilled by a daring moonlit raid against the French. She found new, more adventurous owners - who, as soon as the Cold War was over, sailed her to St Petersburg, the city where Arthur Ransome had been a newspaper correspondent and where he had met Evgenia in the distant years of the Russian Revolution. In 1999, however, we heard that Peter Duck was returning from Russia to England and would be put up for sale. I wondered what boats and the sea - our national heritage - might have to offer 21st-century children.

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The novel tells an exciting story: a sinister black schooner stalks heroes and heroines down the English Channel and across the Bay of Biscay to a Caribbean island where pirate treasure has been buried.

My youngest brother and I rushed to Suffolk to welcome her home. I had been working with vulnerable families whose lives were quite unlike the happy homes of the Swallows And Amazons.

I had seen, at first hand, and with horror, how frequently children whose parents were disabled in some way were not helped to grow up within the family unit, but were removed from it and taken into care.

The marine bath chair became a nautical pram and she stayed in our family for the next 27 years, the centre of our family life.