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‘The Mariner’s Chest’ By Ravensburger Puzzles

As happens from time to time, I am making a short diversion away from the ‘bookish’ posts you will usually find here, to share one of my other pastimes with you.

Yes! I am a not so secret dissectologist! or someone who enjoys jigsaw puzzle assembly.

Clicking on the jigsaw box, will link you directly to its Amazon ‘buy’ page, where you will be able to enlarge individual areas of the puzzle.

Actual Puzzle Size 70 x 50cm

Mariners must collect an array of interesting artefacts from their travels across the world.

What happens when they return home and need to store everything away?

Perhaps they are gathered into a large chest, like the one shown on this puzzle. But it’s not just objects crammed into the wooden compartments … if you look closely there are eyes peering out at you, and little cottages which seem to be lived in.

Welcome to the mystical world of The Mariner’s Chest!


Photograph Of Illustrtator Colin ThompsonColin Thompson’s unique work is packed with fun and intrigue, objects and events, as can be seen in his hugely popular puzzle designs.

He is also a well known children’s author and illustrator, with many published picture books, collections of poetry and novels to his name.

Colin’s lifestory is unique, interesting and very personally told, so to attempt a ‘potted’ version here, I would never be able to do justice to the person and his amazing talent.

You really should visit Colin’s website and be prepared to be dazzled and amazed at some of the vivid imagery and fantastic imagination, which leaps off the page at you. I’ll leave a link to the front page and another to the jigsaw page, where if you scroll down (be sure not to miss anything on the way!), you’ll get to the the mammoth 18,000 piece Shelf Life jigsaw. Of course you should also check out that all important biography page!


Made in Germany, Ravensburger premium quality jigsaw puzzles provide a unique experience, resulting from decades of development and an exclusive manufacturing process that uses our own specially engineered cardboard and finest linen-structured paper to ensure sturdy, glare-free puzzle pieces. Our cutting tools are designed and crafted by hand to provide the ultimate, modern, interlocking mechanism so that no two pieces are alike. You can feel our Softclick Technology in every piece.

Catch up with all the latest puzzling news at the Ravensburger website

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The sheer number of individual images crammed into this 70 x 50cm space, is totally unbelievable. This is typical of all artist Colin Thompson’s puzzle designs and is why I am hooked on finding as many of them as possible, and yes, I have to admit, as cheaply as possible.

If I know what I am letting myself in for when I open one of Colin’s Ravensburger jigsaws, why oh why did I struggle so much with ‘The Mariner’s Chest’ and why did it take me so long to finish?

Firstly, I find that with this style of puzzle, I don’t tend to work it in the ‘usual’ way. Instead of sorting the edge pieces first and making up the frame, I find myself working random sections of pieces, generally colour based, then fitting them together, adding the frame as I go.

My next problem with ‘The Mariner’s Chest’, was that there were simply too many yellow images in the finished picture and I didn’t spend long enough periods working the pieces with sufficient accuracy and got into something of a muddle with them all.

I can definitely over analyse and justify exactly what went wrong with the entire process, but at the end of the day I am pretty much certain it was a case of ‘user error’ more than anything else.

Having said all that, I still thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of all those little eyes watching over me as I worked and the myriad of short messages dotted about all over the place, had me intrigued and on occasion, reaching for the magnifying glass, to check something out in more detail.

Definitely a value for money purchase!

This jigsaw puzzle was a charity shop purchase. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

I personally do not agree with ‘rating’ a purchase, as the overall experience is all a matter of personal taste, which varies from person to person. However some review sites do demand a rating value, so when this review is posted to such a site, it will attract a 4 out of 5.

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
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Written by Yvonne