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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Professional Shipwright Apprentices: Where are they now? Part 3

Anne Needham – (2003 – 2004)
After graduating from the Northwest School for Wooden Boatbuilding in 2003, Anne Needham of Annapolis, Maryland, worked at the Museum as a shipwright apprentice from July 2003 to July 2004.

During that year, Needham worked on several Apprentice for a Day skiffs, as well as on other larger vessels. She worked on the bugeye Edna Lockwood’s pushboat re-engine and restored the planking and mast partner on a privately-owned skipjack.

“My one-year apprenticeship at the Museum gave me a lot of confidence in the skills learned at Northwest,” said Needham. “The exposure to a wide range of tools and techniques, plus the history and modern-day experience of boating on the Chesapeake has served me well in my chosen home and career.”

After taking a hiatus to help her brother open a bed & breakfast in Puerto Rico, Needham later went on to work at a boatyard in Annapolis, before transferring her boat carpentry skills into a career in home renovations, which she continues to work in today.

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