1929 is the year in which Swallows and Amazons is set.
Events in 1929[edit | edit source]
events in August 1929[edit | edit source]
Described in Swallows and Amazons:
24 July: The Walkers arrive at Holly Howe -...came a fortnight before to stay for part of the school holidays and until it was time to pack up and go home... (SA1). That evening they see the island for the first time. (Mother begins making tents soon after they arrive -SA1.
9 Aug: (SA3-5) voyage to and camp on the island
11 Aug: (SA7) pearl-diving, fishing, shark sighted
16 Aug: (SA17-21) A fair wind for attack on Amazon; Titty marooned as lighthouse keeper, meets Man Friday; Amazons outwit Swallows at river mouth, Swallows discover Octopus Lagoon; night sailing in Swallow ends in nearly being duffers before mooring for the night; Titty captures Amazon and hears real pirates; white flag hoisted by Amazons
17 Aug: (SA22-23) Amazons concede defeat, learn of threat to houseboat
18 Aug: (SA24-26) news of houseboat robbery, Police officer Sammy Lewthwaite visits island, Nancy realises mistaken identity of houseboat bomber and tips Captain Flint the Black Spot, who makes peace and declares war; brief search for Captain Flint's trunk) on Cormorant Island
Events in December 1929[edit | edit source]
Described in 'Their Own Story':
- 27 December (TOS1): Swallows, Amazons and Captain Flint are holidaying in the Norfolk Broads on board a wherry, the Polly Ann. They discuss the recently-published book, Swallows and Amazons and propose telling a story of their own.
- 28 December (TOS2): Mr Duck proposes the name Wild Cat for the schooner in their story, they move Polly Ann to avoid being frozen in, and Titty comes up with the main plot for their story.
Native events in 1929[edit | edit source]
- January 19: Arthur Ransome was given a pair of slippers by the Altounyan family on the day after his 45th birthday (SFM1929). Swallows and Amazons was originally dedicated To the six for whom it was written in exchange for a pair of slippers.
- March 29: Ransome says he is "hammering at a story" (SFM1929)
- 1929: A German expedition led by Paul Bauer reached 7,400 m (24,280 ft) on the northeast spur of Kanchenjunga before being turned back by a five-day storm.
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