The Pirates of Dingley Dell

About the Author

Bret Corbin began writing at the age of thirteen when he was encouraged to put his situational humor down on paper. This ultimately led him to a five-year stint creating a bi-monthly satire column for a local newspaper while still a teenager.

Adding photography to his writing skills, he started a freelance photography business while covering events for the newspaper and developing human-interest stories. He majored in psychology at Norwich University and made good use of his degree by counseling children and families through various state organizations and writing to promote programs for at-risk youth.

Bret's interest in local history, especially lake history and a family connection to Lake Champlain steamboats, made him an avid collector and preservationist of artifacts from the "floating palaces" that once graced the lake and served as a vital source for the development of the state. After finding boxes of his grandfather's operating papers for the Champlain Transportation Company, he spent several winters studying and organizing the collection and learning the inside stories and procedures of how this amazing operation remained the oldest continually operating steamboat company in the world.

Bret lives on his ancestral lakeshore home in South Hero, Vermont, directly facing the sites of two of our country's most important lake battles, the Battle of Plattsburgh and the Battle of Valcour Bay. The view also includes part of the old steamboat route. He is on the governing board of the South Hero Historical Society and South Hero Bicentennial Museum. He was project coordinator for a three-year restoration project to return the deteriorated cupola to the 1816 Old White Meeting House where it now shines again as a focal point to the historical town square.

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