meet the crew
Michael Gorman attended college at SUNY Cortland and majored in sculpture. After college, Gorman graduated from two trade schools, New England School of Architectural Woodworking and Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design, in addition to continuing education at Maine College of Art.
Gorman has over a decade of experience working in the wooden boatbuilding and restoration field, with eight of them in the nonprofit sector. His first job out of school was a formal Apprenticeship at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
Gorman grew up in the small college town of Oswego, NY on the banks of Lake Ontario.He started sailing as a boy when his father would drag the family out on Sundays in a small day sailer. At the time, he did not like sailing or boats. They have since grown on him.
J. Maris Connor was born in Annapolis and has since traveled and lived in many coastal landscapes before landing back on the Eastern Shore in 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of TN, is a graduate of the Landing School of boatbuilding class of ‘06, and is a USCG 100-ton licensed Captain. Before coming to the Museum he was employed with Scarano Boat Building of Albany NY as a builder and a captain.
Currently lead shipwright at CBMM, Connor is also co-owner of Old World Trading, a sawmill and wood products business out of Pioneer Point, MD. For the past decade he has been building boats and fine furniture honing his skills as a craftsman and acquiring an eclectic artistic style. A wood nerd and adrenaline junkie, he tries to find himself on the water as much as in the shop.
Shipyard Programs Manager
Jennifer Kuhn was named Shipyard Program Manager at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., in 2013.
Kuhn’s responsibilities include managing and facilitating CBMM’s Apprentice for a Day Shipyard Programs, which include educational and on-the-water programs centered on woodworking and the maritime traditions of the Chesapeake Bay.
Kuhn joined CBMM as a shipwright apprentice in 2011. She holds an applied science degree from Seattle Central Community College’s marine carpentry program and a BA in fine arts and education from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md.
Josh Richardson of Easton, Md., joined CBMM as its Marine Mechanic in 2017.
Richardson has more than 15 years of marine technician experience, including work at Easton Point Marina. He is a graduate of the Marine Mechanics Institute in Orlando, Fl. and served as a heavy equipment mechanic while enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.
Richardson has been connected to the Chesapeake Bay his entire life, first as the son of a Chesapeake waterman growing up in St. Michaels, Md., and later enjoying the Chesapeake as a recreational boater.
Floating Fleet Captain
A graduate of the University of San Francisco, Christian Cabral holds a bachelor’s degree in U.S. history, with a minor in philosophy. A majority of his professional career has been spent on the water, starting with an apprenticeship with boatbuilder, Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway.
He later followed his father and brother and began working on sail training/charter vessels operated by Black Dog on Martha’s Vineyard. Since then, Cabral has worked onboard a variety of vessels both commercial and private, managed a charter business and, for the past five years, served as mate and captain onboard an 82’ schooner built by Gannon and Benjamin.
Shipwright Duncan Macfarlane of Lexington, Ky., completed a boatbuilding apprentice ship with The Apprenticeshop, an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring personal growth through craftsmanship, community, and traditions of the sea.
Prior to joining CBMM, he spent 18 years as a carpenter, 10 of which were dedicated exclusively to working with plank-on-frame wooden boats. Six of those years were spent at the Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway.
Lead Rigger/Shipwright Apprentice
Sam Hilgartner came to CBMM in 2018 from the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding in Sausalito, Calif., where he was both an apprentice and an instructor. His work experience includes four years with the National Park Service at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, and time spent as a professional rigger in New England and the Netherlands. He also holds a 100-ton Masters license.
Hilgartner enjoys sailing, and has spent time aboard tall ships like Pride of Baltimore II and Picton Castle. His volunteer experience includes work at Oakland Free University and the Bay Area Public School.
Michael Allen has been with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum since 2016, when he joined the crew of the Edna Lockwood restoration.
Allen has a background in arts administration at the University of Maine in Farmington, and boatbuilding at The Carpenter's Boat Shop in Pemaquid, Me.
He also brings three years’ experience as a boatbuilder and carpenter from the non-profit WaterFire Providence, in Providence, R.I.
Spencer Sherwood attended Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. and Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, N.C., where a professor first introduced and connected him with the Chesapeake Bay.
With experience on the Saving Sylvia II restoration project in Wilmington, N.C., he joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in 2016 as a shipwright apprentice on this historic restoration of Edna E. Lockwood.
Moses Dane joined the shipyard crew at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in 2018 after living in Olympia, Wash., where he held a position with South Sound Shipwrights for a boat refit project rebuilding a Cape George 36. 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 remodel and construction. Dane holds a Bachelor of Arts from The Evergreen State College in Washington.
He also enjoys sailing and has spent weekends sailing the Puget Sound and cruising up to the San Juan Islands.
Zachary Haroth came to CBMM in 2017 following a year of study at the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building in Port Townsend, Wash. He also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and has work experience with Mills Entertainment in Saratoga, N.Y., and the Montana Conservation Corps.
Having spent time in Virginia Beach, Haroth grew up learning the importance of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Cole Meyerhoff joined CBMM as a shipwright apprentice in 2018. He 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 Horn Point Oyster Hatchery. Meyerhoff holds a bachelor’s degree in both art and environmental studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Shipwright Apprentice Stephen 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.