Bruce Ansley’s love of boats started with a converted banana box. He was restoring a wrecked racing dinghy when he discovered a copy of Johnny Wray’s South Sea Vagabonds in his high school library. He immediately changed from a moderately serious student to a boat dreamer. Foolishly, he didn’t steal that book – it was a first edition and now extremely hard to find. Bruce has worked for newspapers, magazines, radio and television, has written six books and is working on his seventh. Writing the introduction to HarperCollins 75th Anniversary edition of South Sea Vagabonds was sheer delight.