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.

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