Tom Bissey, from Decatur, IL, grew up with a lake nearby and his family always had power boats. He was active in Sea Scouts as a teenager and and involved with the local Yacht Club, crewing on Lightnings, Thistles & Snipes. In 1975 he moved to CA. Tom first learned about the tall ship in November 2013 when he went to visit Burkell Plumbing, around the corner, and saw the tent while driving by. He walked in, met Richard O’Keefe and asked if he could volunteer. Sam Marx signed him up. He has been a carpenter all his life but this was his first time, from the ground up, being involved in boat building. If he had done this project 40 years earlier it would have changed the trajectory of his life; He would have chosen a career in boat building or another marine trade! He said he has learned so much from Alan, Franz, Richard, Barry, etc., people who are very precise in their building. He started out doing planking, scarf joints and every kind of carpentry, helping with the rails and bulwarks, deck beams and the structure of the ship. He had the most fun bagging and glassing the cabin structures. Camaraderie has also been a big part of the experience. Many volunteers, like Rebel and Jerry, are excellent carpenters and Tom has also learned from them. Tom plans to continue volunteering with maintenance and upcoming projects like building the new dock. Tom and his wife Judy (also a volunteer) want to do some traveling when Covid is over.