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Firefly is a brown sailing dinghy with a white sail borrowed or hired by Ted Walker and used by the Amazons while exploring the Secret Archipelago, as described in Secret Water.

Nancy and Peggy arrive by motorboat with Firefly in tow. Roger had seen the boat earlier, at Pin Mill (SW11).

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The real Firefly was a 6-ton cutter sailed by Jim Clay, the original for Jim Brading. His father Henry Clay was a friend of AR from the Manchester Guardian who frequently used the Pin Mill anchorage (NBUS page 107).