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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Professional Shipwright Apprentices... Where are they now? Part 2

We continue our Shipwright Apprentices, Where are they now? series with Dave Youngs.

Dave Youngs – (2005 – 2006)
Dave Youngs, now of Portland, Maine, started his apprenticeship at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in September 2005 and continued through summer 2006. He first came to the Museum in 2004, however, when he came stateside from his native England and briefly volunteered with the Museum’s boat donation program. During a return trip to England, Dave helped a friend plank and frame a 25 foot boat. This friend was also a graduate of the Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy and came from a long line of boatbuilders.

From that trip, the course was set for Dave’s return to the Museum as a boat building apprentice. While at CBMM, Youngs worked mostly on the Old Point and helped build smaller boats like the Pete Culler designed 'Good Little Skiffs' in the Apprentice for a Day program, which he managed in summer 2006. While at the Museum, he also earned his marine electrical certification by the American Boat & Yacht Council (ACBY).

“It’s very rare to see big wooden boats,” commented Youngs. “My work at the Museum really helped open the doors for many other opportunities.”

After his apprenticeship, Youngs went on to work at Ashmar Boatworks in Cambridge, MD and Choptank Boatworks in Denton, MD before enrolling in the Landing School in Kennebunk, ME. He is a graduate of their small boats program and is currently enrolled in their marine system’s program. His future plans including building a wooden boat for himself.

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