Join the Edna E. Lockwood Restoration Team

Shipwright Apprentice Needed

Successful completion of an accredited boatbuilding 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 Shipyard Manager
213 N. Talbot Street, St. Michaels, MD 21663
Phone: 410-745-4968 | Fax: 410-745-6088

Click here to download Shipwright Apprentice Application



Shipyard Manager

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.


Lead Shipwright

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.



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. 



Seip Family Foundation Shipwright Apprentice

Zachary Haroth comes to CBMM following a year of study at the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building in Port Townsend, Wash. He also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and has work experience with Mills Entertainment in Saratoga, N.Y., and the Montana Conservation Corps.

Having spent time in Virginia Beach, Haroth grew up learning the importance of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.



Shipwright Apprentice

Sam Hilgartner comes to CBMM from the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding in Saulsalito, Calif., where he was both an apprentice and an instructor. His work experience includes four years with the National Park Service at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, and time spent as a professional rigger in New England and the Netherlands. He also holds a 100-ton Masters license.

Hilgartner enjoys sailing, and has spent time aboard tall ships like Pride of Baltimore II and Picton Castle. His volunteer experience includes work at Oakland Free University and the Bay Area Public School.