He spent 22 years at sea, and was shipwrecked five times. Ships sailed on:
In 1893, Dingle joined a salvage. The schooner Black Pearl sailed from Mahe, the Seychelle Islands to the Crozets, seeking gold that had gone down with the immigrant ship Strathmore. They found the sunken wreck, and its strongbox, but were unable to remove it. Eventually, they were driven off by gales. On the return voyage, the Black Pearl was wrecked near St. Paul Island. Both crew survived, though the Black Pearl was completely lost. They survived twelve weeks on the island, eating rabbit, goat and fish. Exploring, they found gold from a buried 1870s wreck. On the first morning of the twelfth week, they were rescued by a French bark.
He wrote pulp fiction for magazines such as Adventure and Blue Book under the names 'Captain A. E. Dingle' and Sinbad. In New York, he shared a flat with writer Gordon MacCreagh and his pet python Billy.
He sold his first article, Blind luck on St. Paul, to Adventure, for somewhere between forty five and sixty five dollars, and it appeared in the January 1913 issue.
He wrote an autobiography, 'A Modern Sinbad', which sold well in the UK.
In 1912, the new editor of Adventure, Arthur Sullivant Hoffman co-founded the Adventurers' Club of New York. The first arrivals for the first meeting were a group of five: Dingle, Hoffman, Hoffman's assistant Sinclair Lewis, and two others. Dingle was first through the door and forever after claimed to be the club's first member. Dingle remained an active participant in the club for the remainder of his life.
Arthur Sullivant Hoffman (September 28, 1876 – March 15, 1966) was an American magazine editor. Hoffman is
best known for editing the acclaimed pulp magazine Adventure
as well as playing a role in the creation of the American Legion.