Ship Watcher blog, local authors offering chance to win book on Hammond's Singer Castle
Monday, June 28, 2010 - 6:17 am

The Ship Watcher and local authors Robert and Patty Mondore are sponsoring a Singer Castle photo contest for a chance to win the Mondore’s newly released book, “Singer Castle Revisited.”

Visitors to the Thousand Islands region and local amateur photographers are encouraged to get out on the water and bring along their cameras to capture a photograph with two main components, Singer Castle and ships. Photographs must contain both components in order to be eligible to win and photos may not be altered in any way.

To enter, email your photo, along with your name, address and phone number to Subject line must read SINGER CASTLE CONTEST. A confirmation email will be sent once entries are received.

Three entries will be selected as finalists by the sponsors. On Aug. 1, readers of The Ship Watcher, at, can log on and vote for their favorite photograph. Entries only need to be submitted once. Entry information will not be shared by The Ship Watcher with any other outlet, other than Gold-Mountain. Winners will be notified either by phone or email, and winning information will be posted at The Ship Watcher.

The contest begins on Wednesday, June 30 and concludes on Saturday, July 31. Voting starts Aug. 1. The winner will be announced on Thursday, Aug. 15.

The Ship Watcher blog site is owned and operated by ship enthusiast Michael Folsom of Cicero and Clayton. The site offers news and insight on shipping industry happenings, among other large vessel related information, along the St. Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands region.

Robert and Patty Mondore of Jamesville are owners of Gold-Mountain (, an inspirational multimedia company, which has produced numerous DVDs including River-Lations. Along with their books, Patty’s writing can also be found in Thousand Islands Sun newspaper. Robert also operates the Singer Castle Blog & More at

“Singer Castle Revisited,” published by Arcadia Publishing, is the sequel to the Mondore’s first book, Singer Castle, which was published in 2005 and patterned after their Gold-Mountain premiere documentary, Dark Island’s Castle of Mysteries. A lot has changed in the last five years on Dark Island and the new book gives the reader a new tour of the magnificent 100 year old castle.