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The Indefatigable Lance Lee: Boatbuilder, Mentor, Teacher

Boatbuilder, Mentor, Teacher

Lance Lee, founder of several incarnations of The Apprenticeshop, of Atlantic Challenge International, and of the Tremolino! Project, has worked on dozens of projects with hundreds of students and boatbuilders from all over the world, as the slide show below will attest, but perhaps his strongest legacy lies in the work he has done along the coast of Maine. In his late sixties, an age when many men would be resting on their laurels, Lee is going strong. Among other projects, he's working with boatbuilder Brady Gow to build a smaller version of Tremolino, the lateen-rigged balancelle (a Mediterranean workboat) used by Joseph Conrad to run guns for the royalist cause between Marseilles and Catalonia in the late 1800s.
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Tremolino was displayed at the 2008 Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show; writer Donnie Mullen profiled Lee in a companion piece for Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine (Issue 101), available on newsstands or by calling 207-236-8622.