This page is a respository for links to downloads of fonts, programs, tools,
and other downloadable items of interest to Ransome enthusiasts.
Please offer recommendations and links
to additional items which you believe would be of interest to "Ransomites".
Be warned that since some of these links are external, it is possible that over time some
external links may no longer be valid. If you find such a bad link, we would
appreciate it very much if you would take a minute to notify me so it can be
either fixed, or removed from this page.
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Nancy Blackett Semaphore Font
Semaphore font in TrueType format (TTF), contributed by Roland Harris.
Please see Nancy Blackett Semaphore Font.
GIF Images of NB Semaphore Font
These are GIF images of the Nancy Blackett Semaphore Font above, contributed by
John Giddy of AusTARS, who wanted an animated "Swallows and Amazons For Ever" for the
AusTARS website. They come in
two versions, one with only the semaphore letters, and one with the equivalent
english letter by each semaphore letter for folks who don't know the
semaphore alphabet by memory. Each includes two versions of the "L" and includes
the "rest" figure used between words and phrases which can be used as a word break.
The images are 60x60 pixels on transparent background.
These GIFs can be used as simple graphic images, or they can be assembled with a GIF
Animation program to spell out anything you like. Each version is provided as
a ZIP file containing all of the images. Please see
Semaphore Stick Figures and
Semaphore Stick Figures with Letters.
Here are examples of using the stick figures with a GIF animation program:
Swallows and Amazons Forever and
Swallows and Amazons Forever with English Letters.
Signals Semaphore Font
The Semaphore font used on the front page of Signals, the TARS
publication, contributed by Dave Sewart. Please see
Signals Semaphore Font.
The Ships Clock application will ring a bell on every half-hour in the style of the standard ship's clock.
The application is available for Windows and Mac computers, and soon for Linux. Please see
This is a Sailing Simulator from the National Geographic. It shows the relative
effects of the position of the sail and rudder with respect to the wind direction
and the facing of the boat. For someone new to sailing, it can explain
a lot about the various angles involved. (It requires the Flash plug-in.) Recommended by Ed Kiser. Please see
National Geographic Sailing Simulator.
Ed Kiser's Blue Sky Star Mapper
This contribution from Ed Kiser is a DOS program to create an image of the
sky as you see it from a particular place and time. It was written in 1990
by Ichiroh Sasaki of Japan. The link will download a ZIP file. Place it
in a folder and UNZIP it to the same filder. Then execute BLUESKY.EXE to run
the program (the other .EXE files are subprograms and cannot be individually run.)
This program works on Windows through WinXP/SP2. It has not been tested on Windows
Vista. To download, click here: Blue Skies Planatarium.
Ed Kiser's Morse Code Training Program
A Morse Code training program for Windows computers oriented towards Swallows &
Amazons types of usage. See Ed Kiser's Morse Program.
Other Morse Code Programs
This is a link to a number of different programs, mostly for learning
Morse Code. These are almost all associated with learning morse as audible dits
and dahs for Amateur Radio (HAM) Operators, rather than the flashing lights or
waving flags used by the Swallows, Amazons and D's. However, if you find one
that you think would be of particular interest to AR enthusiasts, especially Juniors,
please let me know so I can point it out! See
AC6V's Morse Code Trainers page. WARNING: At least one
of the programs offered on the AC6V page, Morse Machine, appears to be Malware.
Use caution with any of these!
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