Tree of Life

Jay Irwin and I took a day off from a project in Gloucester for a brief visit to Tree of Life in Newport.  I had visited her once before, in 1991 right after she was built by Covey Island Boatworks in Nova Scotia.  And Jay had been aboard years ago in Baltimore when the boat raced in the GCBSR.  Tree of Life is an absolute masterpiece, and has completed two circumnavigations.

Ted Brewer designed Tree of Life and John Steele launched Covey Island Boatworks into the top tier when he built her in 1991.

Paul Morse, third owner, aquired the boat two years ago, and is chartering out of Newport and Antiqua.  There was much to do aboard, and Paul graciously set aside some time for our visit.  We had met Paul at the ASA Annual Meeting in February.

This craftsmanship is from the hand of Dorian Steele, son of builder John Steele. The work was done recently in Lunenburg. That's First Mate Andrew McClean on the gallows.



The cabinet work is all very rugged, yet beautifully crafted, mostly from Hawaiian koa.

Al Bezanson