Captain & Crew

Captain Paul Morse


Captain Paul Morse is the owner of the Tree of Life and has been sailing traditional schooners and Tall Ships for over forty years, since the age of 17. In his early twenties, Captain Morse successfully navigated across the Atlantic Ocean twice only using traditional instruments: a sextant, an accurate timepiece and tables of the sun and planets. He has been employed as the boatswain and first mate aboard the 140-foot topsail schooner Bill of Rights. He has also worked on commercial fishing vessels, supply boats, tugboats and crew boats supporting the oil industry in the Gulf of Mexico. Captain Morse has owned two previous schooners and the Tree of Life is the last vessel he plans to sail since the Tree of Life has everything that anyone could ask of a well-found ship. Captain Morse holds a USCG (United States Coast Guard) license for sail and auxiliary vessels of up to 100 tons and holds a BA in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island.

Alison Morse – Cruise Director

Alison has been intrigued by the sea since she was a young girl visiting the RI and Long Island shores. Her love for the ocean landed her in the Ocean State where she worked for over twenty years as a Special Education teacher for primary grades in the Providence School System. Alison’s love for children and her amazing way with them is evident every time children join us for a sail. As Cruise Director Alison will make sure you have everything you and your family need for an unforgettable experience.

Oliver Hesketh Tutton – First Mate & Alternate Captain

Born in England Oliver retains his British accent along with his British sensibility of seamanship and the sea. Having worked on Tall ships such as the Schooner Alabama out of Martha’s Vineyard and the Schooner Harvey Gamage of Maine as well as others, Oliver joined the crew of Tree of Life in 2021 and has continued the sense of pride and attention to detail that the great mates before him brought to Tree. His leadership skills are evident as he directs the crew to get the most of the vessel and her sails. His warm and caring personality are appreciated by all who sail aboard Tree.

Caroline Foy –  Deckhand

Caroline is a graduate of the Maine Maritime Academy and has extensive experience sailing schooners all along the east coast. Studying for her Master’s Degree in Marine Science with a track in Coral Reef Biodiversity, Caroline is committed to helping restore the health of the oceans and our planet while giving people an experience aboard Tree of Life that will enhance their love and respect for the sea.

About The Schooner

Boat Dimensions & Specs

diagram of the schooner
  • Overall Length, 91’
  • Length on Deck, 72’
  • Beam, 18’6”
  • Draft, 8’6”
  • Guest cabins, 3
  • Crew cabins, 2
  • Number of crew, 4
  • Year Built, 1991
  • Builder, Covey Island Boatworks, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Designer, Ted Brewer

Boat Features

  • Air conditioning (all cabins)
  • Chaise lounges
  • Deck awnings
  • DVD Player
  • Enclosed pilot house
  • Hammock
  • Hot and cold water
  • Large screen TV
  • Musical instrument
  • Sailing and rowing dinghies
  • Stereo in each cabin

Safety Equipment

Tree of Life is outfitted with electronic navigation systems and safety equipment to help assure a safe passage for our passengers and crew.
The vessel has the following items:

  • Two eight-man life rafts
  • Three EPIRB’s (Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon)
  • Ten Mustang survival suits
  • Six fire extinguishers
  • One fire axe
  • An engine room fire suppression system
  • Lifelines
  • 30 PFD’s (Personal Flotation Devices better known as life jackets)
  • Safety harnesses
  • LifeSling retrieval system
  • MOM Man Overboard Retrieval System
  • Man overboard pole
  • 2 horseshoe buoys
  • Flare kit
  • Electric and mechanical bilge pumps
  • Engine driven fire hose
  • Radar
  • AIS (Automated Identification System) to identify nearby vessels with their course and speed
  • Chartplotter
  • VHF radio
  • Single-Side band radio
  • Satellite phone