Dane, North begin Shipwright Apprenticeships at CBMM

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum had added two new Shipwright Apprentices to its team — Moses Dane of Albany, Calif., and Stephen North of New Hill, N.C.

Dane comes to CBMM after spending the past decade in Olympia, Wash., working at South Sound Shipwrights on boat refit projects. Before that, he played an integral role in a two-year refit of a gaff rigged topsail schooner, and spent four years as a finish carpenter for residential home remodeling and construction.

Dane holds a Bachelor of Arts from The Evergreen State College in Washington, where he studied woodworking and metalworking. He has extensive volunteer experience, including working with children at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, Wash.; helping with the rebuild of the historic sailing yacht Tally Ho at Sampson Boat Co.; and assisting with non-profit Sound Experience’s maintenance work on schooner Adventuress, a century-old National Historic Landmark tall ship.

Moses Dane and Stephen North

North, who has prior experience working on a 50-foot Elco flat top motor yacht and with classic boat restoration, holds diplomas in both wooden boatbuilding and boat manufacture and service from Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, N.C.

North also has a history of volunteer service, having worked with the humanitarian aid organization FriendShips Unlimited, and at a number of food banks in both Wilmington and Raleigh, N.C.

Both Dane and North will contribute to CBMM’s restoration of the 1912 river tug Delaware. Built in Bethel, Del., by William H. Smith, Delaware once hauled scows on Broad Creek—often laden with lumber—and towed ram schooners to and from Laurel, Del. Occasionally, she carried parties of young people to Sandy Hill for day trips on the Nanticoke River. Donated to CBMM by Bailey Marine Construction in 1991, Delaware is now a member of the floating fleet on display along CBMM’s waterfront campus. For restoration updates, visit CBMM’s newly launched Shipyard website, cbmmshipyard.org, where regular progress reports, photos, and videos are posted.

CBMM’s Shipwright Apprentice Program is a full-time on-the-job training program in the form of a professional apprenticeship, providing apprentices the opportunity to work on a wide variety of Chesapeake Bay indigenous watercraft, and develop many related skills. The program provides the skills and experience of a working shipyard for apprentices with either little or no experience, or recent graduates from other wooden boatbuilding schools and programs.

CBMM offers a formal four-year apprentice certification, developed in line with U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration standards, and registered with the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program, a division of Maryland DLLR’s Workforce Development and Adult Learning. To learn more, or to apply for an apprenticeship, visit cbmm.org.

CBMM to Host Beginners Shipyard Programs this March

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will be hosting programs introducing participants to basic woodworking and rope splicing this spring. Both workshops will be held in CBMM’s Shipyard, and advanced registration is required.

Intro to Woodworking will be held from 9am–4:30pm on Saturday & Sunday, March 2–3. Seip Family Foundation Shipwright Apprentice Zack Haroth will lead this two-day program, in which both power and hand tools will be demonstrated. Each participant will create their own handmade mallet and leave with the confidence to work on projects at home. No prior experience is necessary, and materials and tools will be provided.

To sign up, visit cbmm.org/introwoodworking. The cost for this program is $130, with a 20% discount for CBMM members.

A one-day Intro to Three-Strand Rope Splicing workshop is scheduled for Saturday, March 23, from 9am–4pm. Participants will leave this course with a greater understanding of not only the structure and proper care of three-strand rope, but also how to form and use a variety of splices. CBMM’s lead rigger, Sam Hilgartner, will cover the eye splice, short splice, grommet, and long splice. If time and participation skill allow, he will also cover the chain splice and sailmakers eye splice.

The cost for this program is $50, with a 20% discount for CBMM members. For more details and to register, visit cbmm.org/ropesplicing.

CBMM’s Apprentice for a Day Shipyard Programs take place year-round, offering demonstrations, workshops, intensives with visiting master craftsmen, on-the-water experiences, and customized programming.Programs take place on weekends and select weekdays, and include a variety of programs for every interest and age. To find one that’s right for you, visit cbmm.org/shipyardprograms.

CBMM to Host K-9 Nose Work Event

Guests visiting the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Sunday, Feb. 17, will have the opportunity to watch teams of experienced U.S. handler/dog teams train on campus, in addition to the chance to see CBMM’s numerous indoor and outdoor exhibitions. Campus will be closed to the public as part of the event on Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16.

From 10am–noon, and again from 1–4pm, 20 teams from various states across the U.S. will take part in K-9 Nose Work (also called scent work and search work), a relatively new sport for dogs and their owners that’s created, sanctioned, and organized by the National Association of Canine Scent Work. During the training, dogs will be tasked with searching for and locating specific items through just the use of smell.

This event, which is free for CBMM guests with general admission, is presented by Bob Boyles, a dog trainer, former law enforcement K-9 handler, NACSW and AKC judge, and founder of Art of Odor, LLC, and Cornelia C. Heckenbach of Fair Play Kennels, a NACSW champion dog handler/owner and local realtor. Due to the nature of this event, guests’ dogs will not be permitted on campus.

From now through March 31, CBMM is offering a reduced daily admission rate of just $5 per guest. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.

Plane-Making Workshop Feb. 19, 21 at CBMM

On Tuesday, Feb. 19 and continuing Thursday, Feb. 21, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is offering a Krenov-style plane-making workshop that runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each evening, with each participant going home at the end of the workshop with a working hand plane they built.

Participants will join Shipyard Manager Michael Gorman to learn the parts of the plane while working through the sequencing of cutting pieces, gluing them up, shaping the plane to fit each participant, tuning the throat and sharpening the blade.

Materials and tools will be provided, with each participant taking home their newly created working plane. Class size is limited, and is $175 per participant, with a 20% discount for CBMM members. Advanced registration and more information are at cbmm.org/planeworkshop.

CBMM Announces Summer Internships

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., has announced five summer internship opportunities in 2019 for current graduate and undergraduate college students. The internships are available in the curatorial, communications, development, and education departments, with applications due by Friday, March 1, 2019.

Over 10 to 13 weeks, these interns will have numerous opportunities to observe and engage in field-related projects and behind-the-scenes operations, led by CBMM’s professional staff. Full-time interns are paid a weekly stipend, with limited housing opportunities available.

Applicants need to send a resume, cover letter, recent transcript, and a letter of recommendation to hr@cbmm.org. Notice of acceptance for intern positions will be made by Friday, April 1, 2019, with terms beginning in June.

CBMM is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, age, or sexual orientation.For more information regarding CBMM internships and employment, visit cbmm.org/internships or call 410-745-2916.

Learn Boating Essentials, Chart Navigation at CBMM

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is helping boaters get ready for warmer weather with a Boating Essentials course in February, and a Chart Navigation class in March. Both courses take place in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium on the Miles River in St. Michaels, Md., with participation limited, with advanced registration needed.

Benefiting anyone who spends time aboard a boat, the Boating Essentials course takes place Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10–12:30pm, and Sunday, Feb. 10, from 1–3pm. The course will have participants gaining knowledge and confidence in reading charts, understanding navigational aids,plotting courses, anchoring properly, tying knots, and responding to emergencies, along with other helpful information.

The two-day Chart Navigation course takes place Saturday, March 2, from 10–12:30pm, and Sunday, March 3, from 1–3:30pm. The course will cover reading charts; identifying objects and plotting on a navigation chart; determining latitude and longitude to identify a boat’s location; using a compass rose, including the effects of deviation and variation; understanding the rules of the “road” on the water; identifying navigation aids, such as buoys, lights, daymarks, and ranges; and other instruction to help plan a cruise.

Both courses will be led by Capt. Jerry Friedman, a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed Master and volunteer lead captain of CBMM’s 1920 buyboat, Winnie Estelle. A retired electrical engineering executive, Friedman has held a USCG captain’s license for 60 years. During that time, he also operated an emergency service towboat for BoatUS, assisting boaters along the Chesapeake Bay in distress, delivering boats around the Chesapeake and from Florida and Long Island to Annapolis, teaching navigation courses, editing a monthly professional captains’ publication, and providing instruction to boat owners in the operation of their boats. He currently holds a 100-ton Master’s license.

Both programs are $35 per participant, with a 20% discount for CBMM members. Other upcoming Shipyard Programs include an iron pouring demonstration and workshops for bronze casting, intro to woodworking, plane making, rope splicing, and more. Details and advanced registration for all classes can be found at cbmm.org/shipyardprograms.

Iver Franzen Chosen as Naval Architect to Design New Maryland Dove

Iver Franzen

Iver C. Franzen Maritime, LLC, an Annapolis-based firm specializing in historic vessel naval architecture services, has been chosen by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to design the newest iteration of 17th century pinnace Maryland Dove. Maryland Dove, a representation of the trading ship that accompanied the first European settlers to what is now Maryland, is owned by the state of Maryland and operated and maintained by the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission. Starting this year, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will be constructing the newest reproduction of the ship.

Principal architect and firm founder Iver Franzen’s 40-year maritime career has included work both as a naval architect and captain. He became a licensed captain in 1980, and now has a 500-ton Master’s License, with endorsements for auxiliary sail and 1600-ton OSVs. After earning his Bachelor of Arts from Union College in 1974, Franzen worked many years as a charter and delivery captain, and many more as a commercial passenger vessel captain, throughout the East Coast and Caribbean.

Franzen has worked in naval architecture since 1987, starting with an intensive five-year apprenticeship with Professor Thomas Gillmer, becoming a member of Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers in 1992. He’s been involved with the design of tall ships such as Pride of Baltimore II, Kalmar Nyckel, and USS Constitution, among others. Franzen opened his own practice in Annapolis in 1996, and continues to work as a sailing, power, tall ship and commercial vessel designer, USCG certification consultant, writer, educator, public speaker, and, when an interesting situation comes along, as a captain.

“Achieving the most appropriate design for the new Maryland Dove is of the utmost importance,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “We have full confidence in Franzen, thanks to his impressive background in designing historical reproductions, and to U.S. Coast Guard standards.”

Maryland Dove is Historic St. Mary’s City’s floating ambassador and one of its most popular exhibits. The goal of the new ship design is to be as close to the 1634 original as possible, including features that were not known when Maryland Dove was built in 1978.The new Maryland Dove will also be built so that it may be Coast Guard certified as a passenger carrying vessel.

“Given the various excellent efforts around the Chesapeake Bay to research, interpret, teach, and preserve the fabric of the Bay’s history, maritime and otherwise, and, indeed, the history of this country’s early years in general, it’s a real honor to be chosen as the designer of one of the new flagships of those efforts,” Franzen said. “I’m impressed with the commitment by HSMC and CBMM to re-create the best example possible of one of our early founding ships, while also realizing that incorporating certain modern details necessary for U.S. Coast Guard certification will actually allow an even better experience and understanding for all of this very important vessel.”

Construction on the new ship is anticipated to begin at CBMM by mid-year, with launch of Maryland Dove targeted for late 2021. All work will be done in full public view in St. Michaels, Md., allowing the public to experience every stage of the project.

To learn more about Maryland Dove, visit bit.ly/marylanddove. For more information on CBMM, visit cbmm.org.

CBMM’s Winter Speaker Series to Explore Region’s Early Colonial Story

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., will begin its Winter Speaker Series on Thursday, Feb. 7, and continue on select dates through Thursday, March 7. All sessions take place in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium, and advance registration is encouraged.

This year’s Winter Speaker Series will explore the Chesapeake’s early colonial story. The Bay and its tributaries provided a natural transportation network in an era that preceded roads and bridges, making the region’s colonial experience an inherently maritime tale.

The speaker series kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 2pm with “Augustine Herrman’s Remarkable Map of the 17th-Century Chesapeake.” Tucked inside a now almost forgotten set of maps once owned by famous London diarist Samuel Pepys is one of the most extraordinary maps of colonial English America. Created by a colonial merchant, planter, and diplomat named Augustine Herrman, Virginia and Maryland as it is Planted and Inhabited (1673) shows the Mid-Atlantic in breathtaking detail, capturing its waterways, coastlines, and communities. In this talk, historian Christian Koot uncovers the story of this map by tracing its Atlantic journey.

Bohemian native Augustine Hermann surveyed the Chesapeake Bay colonies and published a large-scale map for Maryland’s proprietor, Lord Baltimore.

“Exploring Maryland’s Lost Capital of St. Mary’s City” is scheduled for 5:30pm on Wednesday, Feb. 13.  St. Mary’s City was founded in 1634 and served as Maryland’s capital until 1695. It was abandoned soon after, and all aboveground traces gradually vanished. In this lecture, Henry M. Miller, Ph.D., Maryland heritage scholar at Historic St. Mary’s City, will explore the findings from half a century of sustained archaeological exploration of Maryland’s first city and capital. This will include the fascinating clues from the recent testing of an underwater site found along the St. Mary’s shoreline, which may be the first 17th-century tobacco-fleet vessel discovered in the Chesapeake.

At 5:30pm on Wednesday, Feb. 20, CBMM will present “Gubernatorial Residence, Rebel Fort, and Maryland’s First Statehouse: The History and Archaeology of the Leonard Calvert House Site.” Home to the colony’s first (and later third) governor, the Leonard Calvert House was one of the largest wooden structures in colonial Maryland that also functioned, at varying times, as a statehouse, an ordinary, and the fortified center of a short-lived rebellion. Join Historic St. Mary’s City’s Director of Research and Collections, Travis Parno, to learn about the history of this important site, reviewing the results of nearly 40 years of on-site archaeology and examining some of Historic St. Mary’s City’s recent research into the property’s rich history.

As English Roman Catholics, the Calvert family created a very liberal polity in their new Maryland colony that allowed numerous religious beliefs to freely worship. Silas D. Hurry, curator of collections and archaeological laboratory director at Historic St. Mary’s City, will review what was known as the “Maryland Design” and explain how it was made real on the landscape of St. Mary’s City at 5:30pm on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The discussion will incorporate the Calverts’ concept of “liberty of conscience,” the artifacts of Roman Catholicism, the architecture of the Jesuits’ brick chapel, and the end of this unique experiment with the establishment of a government-supported Church of England in the 1690s.

The final offering in the series, “Towns in the Colonial Chesapeake: London Town’s Experience” invites guests to Join Rod Cofield, executive director of Historic London Town and Gardens, as he examines London Town’s development—and decline—as a colonial Chesapeake town. London Town’s experience as a non-capital urban area helps illuminate the economic forces and changes in the Chesapeake during the colonial period. This session will be held at 2pm Thursday, March 7.

The cost per session is $7.50 per person, with a 20% discount for CBMM members. Register online for all five sessions using code SPEAKER5 or SPEAKER5MEMBERS for an additional discount. To sign up, and for more information, visit cbmm.org/speakerseries.

Academy for Lifelong Learning at CBMM 2019 Winter/Spring Programs

John Ford and John Miller

The public is invited to a preview of the Academy for Lifelong Learning’s 2019 winter/spring semester on Thursday, January 24 from 4:00-6:00 pm. The event will be in Van Lennep Hall at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md.

At the preview party, participants will hear about new programs, meet ALL members and course leaders and enjoy refreshments from Piazza Italian Market. ALL’s programs are open to all, although those who are members of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum receive a discount on fees.

This semester ALL at CBMM will offer 31 courses, presentations and events, all planned, led and facilitated by volunteers. Running from January 29 through June 4, 2019, the programs range from one-time events to eight-session courses. Topics include literature, music, world affairs, history, nature, literature, photography, self-improvement, memoir writing, wine and cheese tastings, local authors and more. Courses are given on the CBMM campus in St. Michaels as well as in Easton and Oxford.

New course leaders and programs this term include Charlie Yonkers with “A Sense of Place,” Samantha Pitts with “The Language of Birds”; Michael Cone with two courses, “Genealogy” and “A History of Unionville”; Joe DePetro, Jr with “The Wines of Spain and Italy,” Emily Chandler with “Cheese Tasting,” Linda King with “St. Michaels Classic Car Museum,” Joe Koper with “The Day the Music Died,” “Stroke and TIA” with Walid Kamsheh, MD and “A Docent-led Tour of the Naval Academy,” with Charles Swift, PhD.

“There are returning leaders and subjects, too,” said Glory Aiken, ALL President. “Dr. Wayne Bell will give his birding course and field trips, John Ford and John Miller will conduct “The Seven Soliloquies of Hamlet” and “America through the Eyes of Charles Dickens,” and Raymond Vergne will present “Don Quijote, Part II.” Also returning are Mark Scallion (nature), Phil Hesser (local history), Martin Zell (photography), Angela Crenshaw from the Harriet Tubman Museum, Suzanne Sanders (tarot card reading), Judy Amdur at the keyboard, Dodie Theune on “Life Reimagined,” “Our Strange Universe” with Rich Wagner and horticulturalist and author Ruth Roger Clausen. ALL is also offering three non-fiction book discussions with Gil Gleim, Jim Adams and Rich Harrison, as well as the Great Decisions Discussion Program with Paul Carroll”.

The Academy for Lifelong Learning is affiliated with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and is dedicated to exploring ideas, exchanging knowledge, and sharing experiences. Course details and fees are available in the new catalog and on ALL’s website, cbmm.org/ALL. To register for programs or to receive the catalog and e-newsletters, please contact Laurel Seeman at 410-745-4947 or lseeman@cbmm.org.

To become a member of CBMM, go to cbbm.org.

CBMM Earns Maryland Tourism Award

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. was honored at the 38th annual Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit, held Nov. 14-16 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, Md. The summit was sponsored and managed by the Maryland Tourism Coalition, drawing together hundreds of the state’s top tourism industry professionals.

CBMM received the “Best Digital Campaign Award” for its unique use of digital media integrated with advertising creative and other campaign components promoting CBMM as an idyllic, waterfront wedding venue. CBMM’s campaign included digital advertising across a network of websites, all of which then directed visitors back to the museum’s website, where they had the option to download CBMM’s official wedding guide for additional information and details.

The Maryland Tourism Coalition annually presents awards recognizing creative, thoughtful, and innovative destination marketing programs that bring visitors to Maryland.

Photo: From left – MTC Second Vice Chair and National Aquarium Director of Sales Nora Campbell; CBMM Content Marketing Manager Bethany Ziegler; CBMM Communications& Art Director Izzy Mercado; CBMM Vice President of Communications Tracey Johns; and MTC First Vice Chair and Baltimore-Rent-a-Tour President Chris Riehl.

For this project, CBMM’s communications department consulted with a media partner to determine optimal ad targeting, frequency, and placement for its campaign, which resulted in booked weddings on 100% of its available dates for 2018.

“The campaign features high-end photography, rotating imagery, professional design, and brand support to help showcase the upscale beauty of CBMM’s venues and encourage visitors to make the Chesapeake part of their wedding story,” said CBMM Communications& Art Director Izzy Mercado, who spearheaded the project.

The Maryland Tourism Coalition advocates on behalf of Maryland’s tourism industry, requesting funding for promotion and advertising from the Maryland General Assembly and the Executive Branch of Government. Today, Maryland’s tourism industry returns millions of dollars to the state and local tax bases, while supporting more than 200,000 jobs.At the conference, Maryland’s Office of Tourism reported more than 40 million people visited Maryland in 2017,generating $2.4 billion in state and local taxes while maintaining a growth rate of about two percent each year.More information is at mdtourism.org.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, and making this resource available to all. Every aspect of fulfilling this mission is driven by CBMM’s values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship, along with a commitment to providing engaging guest experiences and transformative educational programming, all while serving as a vital community partner. For more information, go to cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

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