Cole Meyerhoff Joins Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Cole Meyerhoff of St. Michaels, Md., has joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum as a shipwright apprentice.

Meyerhoff comes to CBMM having spent the past two years doing wooden boat restoration and repair in Wittman, Md. He has experience as both a welder and sculptor, and previously worked at the Franconia Sculpture Park and Horn Point Oyster Hatchery. Meyerhoff holds a bachelor’s degree in both art and environmental studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

“I’ve across the river from CBMM my entire life, so it feels very comfortable to be here,”said Meyerhoff, who’s been on and around boats since he was just a few weeks old. “I’m really happy to join the team.”

Meyerhoff will take the lead on CBMM’s construction of Caroline, a new sailing log canoe. This Tilghman Island style, five-log canoe will be built from the excess loblolly pine logs used in the historic restoration of Edna E. Lockwood. The building process kicked off in September with milling of the logs, and will continue with shaping the hull into early 2019. Now that major components of building the hull are complete, the project has been moved to the corn crib, where the rest of construction will take place.

Beyond restoration and public programming, CBMM’s Shipyard is working to pass fading maritime skills on to a new generation of wooden boatbuilders. CBMM’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. To learn more and to read updates on current Shipyard projects, including Caroline, visit

Powell Joins CBMM Board of Governors

Earl (Rusty) Alexander Powell III

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Board of Governors recently elected two new member to its Board, Earl (Rusty) Alexander Powell III as a new governor and James P. Harris as a Governor Emeritus.

Rusty Powell graduated from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., with a bachelor’s degree in art history and European history (with honors) in 1966. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1966, winning a spot in the Navy Officer Candidate School. His active duty service, which lasted until 1969, included a tour of duty in Vietnam as a navigator during the Vietnam War. He left active duty service and entered the United States Navy Reserve, serving until 1980.

After leaving the Navy, Powell enrolled at Harvard University, where he obtained a Master of Arts from the Fogg Museum in 1970. He entered the doctoral program in art history at Harvard in 1970. The same year he received his Ph.D., Powell took a position as assistant professor of art history at the University of Texas at Austin.

In 1976, Powell left the University of Texas to take a position as a curator at the National Gallery of Art. Powell stayed at the NGA for four years, rising to the position of executive curator in 1979. In January 1980, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hired Powell to be its director, and he was named director of the National Gallery of Art in 1992. He was only the fourth director in the National Gallery of Art’s history, and is retiring at the end of 2018.

Powell and his wife, Nancy, have a home in Easton, where she sits on the Board of the Academy Art Museum.

Jim Harris served on the Board of Governors of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum from 2011 to 2018 and was its Chair from 2016-2018. Prior to being chair he served as Treasurer for four years, guiding efforts to strengthen the balance sheet and focus on revenue generation. He and his wife, Pam, are passionate about CBMM’s efforts to further strengthen its school education programming for all children.

Harris retired in February 2010 as senior vice president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company, located in Houston, Texas. He had worked for ExxonMobil for almost 40 years. A native of Vinton, Va., Harris earned a degree in chemical engineering with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Georgia Tech named Harris to the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Graduates in 1996 and the Engineering Hall of Fame in 2011.

Jim and Pam Harris have two children, Brooke and Andrew. They split their time between Houston, the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and their South Texas ranch. His hobbies include golf, hunting, boating, and model trains.

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, visit or call 410-745-2916.

CBMM Forms Partnership with Curtis Stokes & Associates

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has recently announced the formation of a new, preferred partnership with Curtis Stokes & Associates in support of CBMM’s Charity Boat Donation program.

As part of the new partnership, CBMM and Curtis Stokes will jointly work to acquire, evaluate, market, and sell a selection of luxury boats donated to CBMM.

“We are grateful for Curtis Stokes’ expertise, resources, and support in the yacht brokerage field,” commented CBMM Charity Boat Donation Program Director Taylor Williams. “They will help CBMM market the higher-end boats that are donated to us—giving our donors the best value for their donations—while expanding the reach of our program to a larger pool of buyers.”

As part of the preferred partnership, Curtis Stokes will assist CBMM with the pre-evaluation of boats, and the determination of each boat’s marketability.

Curtis Stokes & Associates broker Mark Welsh, left, with CBMM Charity Boat Donation Program Director Taylor Williams.

“Curtis Stokes will then help market these luxury boats through avenues only accessible to yacht brokers, which really helps us out tremendously,” said Williams. “For each successful sale they help with, CBMM will pay a small percentage for their services. The net, however, will be more revenues to support the people served by CBMM, and a higher valuation for our donors’ gifts.”

“We are deeply invested in the communities we serve,” commented Curtis Stokes & Associates President Curtis Stokes. “So helping a non-profit like CBMM in this way—and knowing the proceeds from each sale do so much good—is very meaningful to us.”

Proceeds from CBMM’s Charity Boat Donation program benefit the children and adults served by CBMM’s education, exhibition, and restoration programs.

To see photos and a current listing of donated boats for sale, go to

Curtis Stokes and Associates is a professional, licensed and bonded yacht brokerage firm with offices in Maryland, Virginia, Florida, Tennessee, Washington, and California. With brokers based throughout the United States and Europe, Curtis Stokes & Associates specializes in worldwide yacht sales, yacht charters, and new yacht construction. The firm was launched in September 2009 by Curtis Stokes, after he served numerous years as a mega-yacht captain, Hatteras Yachts sales manager, and as a broker with the Sacks Group Yachting Professionals. Now, Curtis Stokes and his team of associate brokers travel extensively, representing a select group of buyers and sellers worldwide.

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 or call 410-745-2916.

CBMM’s Holiday Open House is December 12

On Wednesday, December 12 from 4 to 7 pm, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is inviting the public to celebrate the holidays with an open house that includes libations, light refreshments, caroling, store discounts, free gift wrapping, door prizes for CBMM members, and more.

During the event, shoppers will receive a one-day-only, 25% total discount on their total Museum Store purchases. Members will also have the opportunity to purchase half-priced gift memberships for new members to the museum, excluding life memberships.

Each year, CBMM’s historic structures, exhibition buildings, and boats are decorated in holiday greenery, created by CBMM volunteers and staff. CBMM also lights the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, and a small tree set atop the mast of the 1909 seven-log crab dredger, Old Point.

Over the winter, CBMM is restoring the 1912 river tug Delaware, and building a new, five-log canoe, named Caroline. All work is being done in full public view in the Shipyard.

The December 12 event is free and open to the public, with ample parking and no need for reservations. For more information, visit or call 410-745-2916.

Holiday Tradition Returns to St. Michaels Dec. 8

The Fort McHenry Guard and the Chesapeake Independent Blues will reintroduce the early 19th century tradition of firing the Christmas cannon as part of this year’s Dec. 7-9 Christmas in St. Michaels event, with the public invited to a special program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

Hosted by interpretive volunteers of the Fort McHenry Guard and Chesapeake Independent Blues, the new program will be held on Sat., Dec. 8, 2018 from noon to 12:30 pm along CBMM’s Miles River waterfront. As part of the program, volunteers in authentic uniforms of the Maryland Militia during the War of 1812 will be demonstrating the loading and firing of a reproduction, 6-pounder iron field artillery piece.

“The traditions of celebrating Christmas, and the firing of guns, had been brought to the Americas by Swiss, Scandinavian, and German-speaking immigrants during the 18th and 19th centuries,” commented Chesapeake Independent Blues founding member Mark Dubin. “In Quebec, the firing of cannon after Christmas Mass had been assimilated into the religious customs by the mid-18th century.

“St. Michaels acquired two artillery barrels by August of 1813 as compensation for an unwelcomed prank played on the Town earlier that year by resident Jacob Gibson.In keeping with the American custom of the firing of guns for holidays, it is probable that the militia of St. Michaels would have fired the Town’s artillery for notable occasions such as the 4th of July, New Year’s Day, and Christmas, beginning as early as 1814.”

The Chesapeake Independent Blues was formed in 2012 as part of a State of Maryland grant matched by public funds from the Eastern Shore counties of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Talbot, and Queen Anne’s to create a living history representation of the Maryland citizen-soldiers who served during the War of 1812. A member of Maryland’s non-profit Friends of Maryland’s War of 1812 organization, CIB focuses on public education, and refers to its volunteer members as interpreters, rather than re-enactors.

The Fort McHenry Guard is a historical organization sponsored by the National Park Service and The Patriots of Fort McHenry. The Guard is composed of specially recruited “Volunteers in Parks” who provide visitors with a touchstone to the past.

The Dec. 8 program is free for CBMM members or with general museum admission. For more information, go to the “Friends of Maryland’s War of 1812” Facebook page, visit, or call 410-745-2916.

Townsend, Zecher Join CBMM Board of Governors

Gary B. Townsend, Sr., and Linda K. Zecher have been named to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Board of Governors.

Gary Townsend has spent most of his professional career in banking and investments, including seven years as chief examiner of the Federal Home Loan Bank System. After 15 years in government work, he joined Friedman Billings Ramsey & Company as a securities analyst of both bond and equity investments.  In subsequent years, he covered financial institutions such as Wells Fargo & Company, Bank of America, and Wachovia.

In 2007, Townsend co-founded Hill-Townsend Capital, LLC, a long-short hedge fund that focused on financial institution investments. He now manages GBT Capital Management, LLC, which he founded in 2013.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., Townsend holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Arts in history from George Washington University. He and his wife, Holly, share their time between Chevy Chase and Easton, where they have a home on the Miles River. Holly is currently on the Board of the Avalon Foundation in Easton. Gary spends much of his spare time on the golf course, traveling, and building boats.

Gary B. Townsend, Sr. and Linda K. Zecher

Linda Zecher is currently the managing director of the Barkley Group, a boutique consulting firm focused on digital transformation of enterprise organizations. Prior to founding the Barkley Group, she was as president, CEO and director of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a global education and learning company.

Zecher has also worked as the corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Worldwide Public Sector organization, and had a distinguished career providing management expertise and leadership to market leaders in the technology industry. She began her career as a geophysicist with Texas Instruments and later joined Bank of America as vice president of the business services division, where she led the product management, sales, and marketing division for HR and accounting solutions.

Zecher previously served on the U.S. State Department’s Board for Overseas Schools, The Emily Couric Leadership Forum, James Madison University Board of Visitors, the Tandem Friends School Board, the Cradles to Crayons Board, and the Intelligence and National Security Association Board.

She is currently a member of the Hasbro Corporation Board, where she serves on the audit, cyber security, and compensation committees; and the John F. Kennedy Foundation Board, where she serves on the finance committee and chairs the technology committee. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University and an Honorary Doctorate from Bentley University. She currently lives in Bozman, Md., and has three adult children.

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, visit or call 410-745-2916.

Museum’s Shipyard Programs Announced

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. recently announced its Apprentice for a Day Shipyard Programs, taking place now through April 2019.

Programs take place on weekends and select weekdays, and include a variety of programs for every interest and age. Programs include Timber Frame Raising; Electronic Navigation for Non-Technical People; Boating Essentials; Plane-Making; Intro to Woodworking; Lofting; Open Boatshop; Chart Navigation; Three-Strand Rope Splicing; Recommissioning your Outboard; Bronze Casting; and more.

This year, CBMM’s Shipyard will also host special days when the public can help with the restoration of the 1912 river tug Delaware. Participants will work with CBMM shipwrights to learn some of the fundamentals of boatbuilding by taking part in the stem-to-stern restoration of the historic wooden tug. Participants will have the opportunity to work on the project from lofting to her launch.

CBMM’s Apprentice for a Day Shipyard Programs take place year-round, and offer demonstrations, workshops, intensives with visiting master craftsmen, on-the-water experiences, and customized programming.

Participation in each program is limited, with advanced registration needed and more information about each program at CBMM members receive a 20% discount on all registration fees.

For more information, email or call 410-745-4980.

Bugeye Edna Lockwood Relaunched at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Following a historic two-year restoration project, 1889 bugeye Edna Lockwood was relaunched into the Miles River during the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s annual OysterFest on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.

Edna, queen of CBMM’s floating fleet, has spent the past several years having her nine-log hull completely replaced by CBMM shipwrights and apprentices. All work was done in full public view in St. Michaels, Md., and in adherence to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Vessel Preservation. Shipwright apprentices working on the project were generously supported by the Seip Family Foundation and the RPM Foundation.

Shipwright Joe Connor smashes a bottle of champagne against the bow of 1889 bugeye Edna Lockwood to christen her before her return to the Miles River.

Built in 1889 by John B. Harrison on Tilghman Island for Daniel W. Haddaway, Edna Lockwood dredged for oysters through winter, and carried freight—such as lumber, grain, and produce—after the dredging season ended. She worked faithfully for many owners, mainly out of Cambridge, Md., until she stopped “drudging” in 1967. In 1973, Edna was donated to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum by John R. Kimberly. Recognized as the last working oyster boat of her kind, Edna Lockwood was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1994. Edna is the last historic sailing bugeye in the world, and will undertake a heritage tour around the Chesapeake Bay during summer 2019, funded by the National Park Service.

To learn more about Edna Lockwood and what’s next for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Shipyard, visit

Bistro St. Michaels Wins Oyster Stew Competition

Bistro St. Michaels chef Doug Stewart has been named the first place winner in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s 2018 oyster stew competition, held Oct. 27 during OysterFest.

Bistro St. Michaels and Stewart earn bragging rights with the People’s Choice award. Votes were taken during blind tastings of the different stews, with Bistro St. Michaels served as stew ‘F’. The oyster stew is currently being served at the restaurant in historic St. Michaels, Md.

Six restaurants competed, with 500 festival-goers taking part in tastings before voting by ballot for their favorite stew. Second-place winner Sunflowers & Greens of Easton, Md. was served as stew ‘D’, with third place going to stew ‘A’ from “t” at the General Store of Royal Oak, Md. Other participants included Crab N Que (stew ‘B’) and Theo’s Steaks, Sides & Spirits (stew ‘D’), both of St. Michaels, Md.; and Milestone Catering (stew ‘E’) of Easton, Md.  More information about the event is at

Secretary of Commerce Visits CBMM

On Thurs., Oct. 25, 2018, Maryland Secretary of Commerce Michael Gill, along with other State representatives, visited the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md.

Along with Gill and CBMM representatives, the meeting was attended by Maryland Department of Commerce Managing Director and Special Advisor Brady Walker; Maryland Department of Commerce Agribusiness and Energy Program Manager Paul Spies; Maryland Department of Commerce Business Retention & Expansion Representative Nancy LaJoice; Office of Governor Larry Hogan Eastern Shore Intergovernmental Affairs Ryan Snow; and Talbot County Director of Economic Development and Tourism Cassandra Vanhooser.

From left, CBMM President Kristen Greenaway, Maryland Department of Commerce Managing Director and Special Advisor Brady Walker, and Maryland Secretary of Commerce Michael Gill

The meeting focused on CBMM’s economic impact on Maryland, Talbot County and local municipalities, and included a briefing on CBMM’s Master Plan and a tour of the Shipyard, where shipwrights and their apprentices build and restore wooden boats.

CBMM’s Shipwright Apprentice Program recently received certification as a registered, four-year apprenticeship program by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation. Along with recent boatbuilding school graduates, high school graduates participating in CBMM’s Rising Tide boatbuilding program will be eligible to enroll in the program. Rising Tide offers students in grades six to twelve free boatbuilding classes and related skill training, workshops, camps, and events throughout the school year and summer, and is funded by philanthropic support.

CBMM’s Master Plan was publicly announced in 2017, with expansion plans for the non-profit including a new Education & Library building as Phase I of the project. Three phases make up the Master Plan, with the scope and timeline expected to be six to eight years, contingent upon funding. Funding sources are planned to come from individual donations and naming opportunities, grants, and operations. Phases II and III will focus on further expanding CBMM’s education and Shipyard capabilities. For more information, visit