Paul B. Kenyon is an established newspaperman and his wife, the illustrator of this book, is a member of the Folly Cove Designers. Together they have made the kind of boy's story, set in their home port of Gloucester, that is swell mystery and enterprise and sand between the toes. Peter, 12 and owner of his own dory, is the hero. He is the one who gets the family and a gang of boys interested in an old hull which he wants for a family yacht, and in old Jorey the shipbuilder's refusal to help with it. Then a clue and detecting uncover valuable antiques that bear on false accusations in Jorey's family history-and help Peter's family get their boat.