Alex Howse was born in Gaultois, Hermitage Bay, an out port community on Long Island, located on the South Coast of Newfoundland. Being on an island where his only means of travel was by water, a boat became a very important part of his life for many reasons. He had his first boat (a motor dory) when he was 12 years old. His second boat was a 24’fishing boat, converted to, what you would call today, a small cabin cruiser. The last boat was a small fibreglass cruiser which was birthed in Cupids where he has a summer place next to the ocean. After graduating Victoria High School in Gaultois, he taught elementary school for a year and later moved to St. John’s to study finance at the College of Trades and Technology (College of the North Atlantic) followed by studies with the Registered Industrial Accountants Association and the Purchasing Management Association of Canada. The majority of his work life was in finance and materials management, all within the healthcare sector. While he’s built a few boats through the years, now retired in Mount Pearl, his current passion is building large scale model boats, each with a story behind them and built in the traditional method of construction.