The town of West Castleton was once home to Irish immigrant slate workers who enjoyed crossing Lake Bomoseen to visit a tavern on the opposite shore. On one dark and gloomy evening, three hapless men set out for a night of hell raising and fun. They never returned. The next morning, their boat was found floating empty adrift on the glassy surface of the lake.
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Their bodies were never found despite a painstaking search. These days local residents claim that sometimes during a full moon, a dark, vacant and ghostly rowboat can be seen drifting silently across the lake toward the West Castleton Bay. No wooden oars disturb the otherwise still surface of the water.
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