The Pirates of Dingley Dell





BOOK SYNOPSIS

In 1928, an ingenious engineer, boat builder and children's summer camp designer established a remarkable boys' camp in South Hero, Vermont. He trained his campers to build boats of fanciful designs in preparation for a colossal project that would forever change the boys' lives. The new endeavor consisted of constructing a huge seventy-five foot pirate ship that they would live on as they took incredible journeys throughout Lake Champlain and beyond. The challenges the crew encountered and the camaraderie required to overcome them was a difficult but magical path towards adulthood. Take a mystical voyage on Lake Champlain's only known pirate ship in the pages of The Pirates of Dingley Dell.



ACCOLADES FROM NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES



"Rich in archival photos and ephemera such as the ship's logs from 1929. The Pirates of Dingley Dell vividly recreates one of Vermont's unique subcultures."
(Seven Days--November 25, 2015)



"This unique camping experience is outlined with heartfelt anecdotes and detailed log entries from some of the more lively excursions. The book is a nice combination of history and sailing stories, told with a sense of humor and an appreciation for Mother Nature."
(Sailing Magazine--December/January 2015)



"The book, complete with dozens of photos is part sailor's log and part 'how to raise a well-rounded young man' guide, in story form."
(Sailing Magazine--December/January 2015)



"It would have been every boy's dream to pull up alongside Lake Champlain boaters in a pirate ship with its Jolly Roger flapping in the breeze and replica canon sitting menacingly on the bow..."
(Lake Champlain Weekly--October 14, 2015)



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