Shipwright Apprentice

The Shipwright Apprentice Program is a six-week program focused on wooden boatbuilding at Independence Seaport Museum's Workshop on the Water. The goal of the program is to help its participants further their interests in the maritime trades, especially that of traditional wooden boatbuilding. Within six weeks of practicing traditional techniques, apprentices will become better prepared to get into the industry and kick start their careers.    

This year, three of our apprenticeships were made possible thanks to The RPM Foundation. The RPM Foundation is an educational grant-making program of America’s Automotive Trust. The RPM Foundation is funded by collector vehicle and classic boat enthusiasts to serve youth and young adults on their pathways to careers in automotive/marine restoration & preservation along with the long-term interests of the collector vehicle and classic boat communities.

The 2019 project is centered on the construction of a 24' Corinthian centerboard sloop. Philadelphian Thomas D. Bowes, Naval Architect, designed this boat, and eight were built in Holland in 1951. They were commissioned for the Corinthian Yacht Club of Essington, PA, to be competitively sailed on the Delaware River. There are three known to exist (one of which was recently restored by the Workshop on the Water and launched in June 2017). This summer's boat will be number four. The construction is African Mahogany planks riveted onto White Oak frames. It is being built for use in the water in hopes of revitalizing interest in the fleet.