Join the Edna E. Lockwood Restoration Team
Shipwright Apprentice Needed
Successful completion of an accredited boat building school is preferred, but applicants with related experience will be considered. Though not required, it is strongly suggested that applicants visit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum campus. To apply for a shipwright apprenticeship, please mail or fax your completed application to:
Michael Gorman, CBMM Boatyard Manager
213 N. Talbot Street, St. Michaels, MD 21663
Phone: 410-745-4968 | Fax: 410-745-6088
Michael Gorman attended college at SUNY Cortland and majored in sculpture. After college, Gorman graduated from two trade schools, New England School of Architectural Woodworking and Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design, in addition to continuing education at Maine College of Art.
Gorman has over a decade of experience working in the wooden boatbuilding and restoration field, with eight of them in the nonprofit sector. His first job out of school was a formal Apprenticeship at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
Gorman grew up in the small college town of Oswego, NY on the banks of Lake Ontario.He started sailing as a boy when his father would drag the family out on Sundays in a small day sailer. At the time, he did not like sailing or boats. They have since grown on him.
In his free time Gorman spends time with his two daughters, Hazel and Waylon. He occasionally gets to spend time with his wife as well, if they nap. When not napping, Gorman drags them outside to operate power tools and burn things in the fire ring for fun.
Vessel Maintenance Manager
J. Maris Connor was born in Annapolis and has since traveled and lived in many coastal landscapes before landing back on the Eastern Shore in 2012. Joe holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of TN, is a graduate of the Landing School of boatbuilding class of ‘06, and is a USCG 100-ton licensed Captain. Before coming to the Museum he was employed with Scarano Boat Building of Albany NY as a builder and a captain.
Currently a shipwright at CBMM, Joe is also co-owner of Old World Trading, a sawmill and wood products business out of Pioneer Point, MD. For the past decade he has been building boats and fine furniture honing his skills as a craftsman and acquiring an eclectic artistic style. A wood nerd and adrenaline junkie, Joe tries to find himself on the water as much as in the shop.
James DelAguila of Bethlehem Township, NJ, is a former shipwright apprentice with CBMM.
He is a graduate of the International Yacht Restoration School’s (IYRS) two-year boatbuilding and restoration program. Prior to attending IYRS, he received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in economics from The New School. His work experience includes six years as the health care market research study director at Ipsos Healthcare.
DelAguila was introduced to CBMM when he participated in the museum’s Apprentice for a Day public boatbuilding program and a CBMM journeyman shipwright encouraged him to attend IYRS. After his apprenticeship at CBMM, DelAguila worked in Easton for Abreu Boatworks—first helping to finish up the restoration of Mr. Jim (a former museum boat), then working on Minots Light II, an Aage Nielsen-designed yawl.
RPM Foundation Shipwright Apprentice
Michael Allen is experiencing his first connection with the Chesapeake Bay.
With a background in arts administration at the University of Maine in Farmington, and boatbuilding at The Carpenter's Boat Shop in Pemaquid, Me., Allen looks forward to the milling of the loblolly pines that will be used for Edna's hull.
Allen also brings three years’ experience as a boatbuilder and carpenter from the non-profit WaterFire Providence, in Providence, R.I.
Seip Family Foundation Shipwright Apprentice
Spencer Sherwood attended Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. and Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, N.C., where a professor first introduced and connected him with the Chesapeake Bay.
With experience on the Saving Sylvia II restoration project in Wilmington, N.C., he is looking forward to learning more about traditional boatbuilding techniques while at CBMM.