Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
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The Museum's Boatyard creates anew the tradition
Boatyard staff interact with our visitors, explaining
their work and the boats for which the Bay is known. You will also
find shipwrights and apprentices demonstrating maritime skills at our festivals
and special events.
Apprentice For A Day Public Boatbuilding Program
Learn traditional boatbuilding under the direction of a CBMM shipwright. You can be part of the whole 17-week process or just sign up for those aspects of building a boat that you want to learn. Must be 16 or older unless accompanied by an adult. During museum hours on Saturdays and Sundays now through the spring months, program participants will be constructing a 15-foot sailing skiff. The process began in early October with lines and lofting. The boat is a modified version of the museum’swas once used as a crabbing skiff along the Chesapeake.
CBMM members $45 and Non-members $55
Join Boatyard Program Manager Jenn Kuhn in constructing a 17 1/2 foot lapstrake sailing skiff. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Museum at 410-745-2916 and ask to speak to someone in the Boatyard.
Beyond restoration and public programming, the Museum's Boatyard is working to pass fading maritime skills on to a new generation of wooden boat builders. Our Apprentice Program provides one year apprenticeships to graduates of boat building schools, so they can get on-the-job training and experience under the tutelage of master shipwrights. In addition to preserving historic vessels and passing on traditional maritime skills, our Boatyard Staff develop programs to engage our visitors.
The Chesapeake Bay shoreline was once home to scores of small boatyards where skilled shipwrights built and maintained hundreds of wooden vessels. These craftsmen not only supported the commercial growth of the Chesapeake, but they also passed along skills that had been refined over hundreds of years. Because most of these yards have vanished, and along with them, the skills and techniques of the builders, there is a deficit of proficient boat builders today.
The Museum's Shipwright Apprentice Program is on-the-job training in the form of a professional apprenticeship which gives apprentices the opportunity to work on a wide variety of Chesapeake Bay indigenous watercraft. The program provides the skills and experience of a working boatyard and bridges the gap for those coming out of wooden boat building schools and programs. The majority of apprentices completing the Museum's Shipwright Apprentice Program have taken jobs in the boat building or maritime industries, working in commercial shipbuilding yards or small boat yards around the Bay. Others have become shipwrights on large vessel construction projects and several are working in the maritime museum industry.
Requirements, Compensation & Application
Mail or fax your completed application to Boatyard Manager Richard Scofield.