I had wanted to make a pirate ship for a long time. I decided to make this for the cubscout "cake bake auction," a fundraiser. I had loads of trouble with it and spent the better part of 3 days baking and re-baking, remaking the sails etc etc. They auctioned mine last and by that time 1/2 the people left and everyone's pockets were pretty dry. It sold for $25! Oh well! I used the Debbie Brown's book "Enchanted cakes for children" as my guide for contructing the cake, but I made some alterations.