Post date: Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 16:38

Being a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and exploring the environment,  history, and culture of the complete Chesapeake Bay district, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum commits itself to relevancy, stewardship, and authenticity, alongside providing transformative educational programming, and engaging guest experiences, all while serving as a vital community partner.

Established in 1965 and accredited with the American Association for Museums, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum offers tours and scenic boat rides, interactive exhibitions, demonstrations,  hands-on education programs for children and adults, boat rides on the Miles River and annual festivals that rejoice Chesapeake Bay culture, seafood, boats, people and history.

Being home to more than 75,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus features twelve exhibition buildings,  a floating fleet of historic boats, and ever-changing special exhibitions, all along the Miles River and St. Michaels’ harbor, in a park-like waterfront setting.

CBMM's Shipwright Apprentice program features restoration, training to meet the Department of Interior’s Standards of Restoration on large floating fleet projects, paint and varnish systems, and forestry including tree identification, tree selection, sawmill training, and milling for our Apprentice For A Day (AFAD) program. 

The program also teaches metalworking, including welding, casting, blacksmithing, and fabrication, sail making, rigging, spar building, mechanics and related systems, building and sailing log canoes, maritime navigation and more. It also includes earning USCG Master Captain’s License. 

Some of the highlights of the project include:   

In September 2016, the crew began to shape the logs which will be a part of the Edna E. Lockwood's new hill. Over the winter, logs are shaped and pinned together with an adze ( a small ax like tool used for wood carving) and other traditional tools of the like. At the end of the project, the new log hull will be brought together, and the original four frames present in the bugeye will be located and installed to reinforce the hull.  Shipwrights and apprentices began to pull the logs for Edna's new hull out of the Miles River, where they'd been kept to help preserve their shape. Once pulled, logs were stripped, and shipwrights were able to choose the best ones for the nine-log hull and begin shaping them.

  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017, Shipwrights and apprentices used a crane to flip the new hull being constructed for Edna Lockwood. The hull was then in the position it would stay for the rest of the project (mirroring the way the hull would go into the water), and her two wing logs were added.
  • On September 20, 2017, Edna Lockwood's existing topsides were lifted by crane to sit atop her new hull, so shipwrights could begin to marry the two pieces and continue her historic restoration.
  • On April 18, 2018, Edna’s hull was completed, and her whiskey plank was installed. Next in line was the deck, where the main and cargo cabins were built again. The deck planking was already in good condition, so shipwrights only needed to replace around 10 percent of her deck planks, and 12 feet of her king plank. The deck and hull were painted. The apprentices also installed the outer stems on both stern and bow.  Aside from all this, a lot of other work was done to mark an end to the project on the date.
  • On August 2, 2018, Edna Lockwood was craned from her spot on the hard in CBMM's Shipyard to its marine railway in preparation for her relaunch in October.
  • During summer 2018 all new rigging was created for Edna under CBMM's Corn Crib.
  • In late Sept/early Oct 2018, Apprentices and shipwrights from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum used a crane to lift and put 1889 bugeye Edna Lockwood's 60-foot foremast and mainmast in place.
  • The re-launch of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood is the highlight of the year 2018, as over the last two years, nine-log hulls were restored by CBMM shipwrights and apprentices. Edna Lockwood, a unique boat that harvests oysters, is the queen of CBMM’s floating fleet of historic boats, and a National Historic Landmark. In 2018, she re-entered the Chesapeake Bay as a floating classroom.

It is important to showcase the progress of a project so that more and more people can contribute and become attracted to the cause. This way the project might get the funds and sponsorships it needs to near its completion.  

The RPM Foundation is an organization that supports the preservation and restoration of training programs for young motorcycle, automotive, and marine craftsmen. The foundation provides grants, services, and resources to save the future of the collector vehicle industry by giving hands-on training to young adults. 

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) was awarded a grant of $10,000 from the RPM Foundation for its Shipwright Apprentice Program. The grant was $10,000 last fiscal year (2017) and $5000 this fiscal year (2018). This kind of encouragement helps CBMM to continue to offer the best maritime apprentice program in the country to promote and nurture traditional boatbuilding and the skills it needs to thrive on the Chesapeake Bay.

To learn more about the progress of this project click here.