Posted by: nwseaport | October 15, 2012

Launching Boatwright-In-Residence Program

The Center for Wooden Boats and Northwest Seaport Launch Boatwright-In-Residence Program for Recent Boat Building Grads

Pilot program gives new grads experience on the job and helps both organizations preserve historic boats in their collections

The Center for Wooden Boats and Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center in Seattle are looking for recent graduates of boating schools to serve as their first joint Boatwright in Residence.  The two maritime organizations have cooperated to create and share costs of the new ten week program as a way to help recent graduates of marine carpentry programs make the transition to the job market. The new program will also help both organizations make faster progress on repairs to the boats in their respective collections.

The rookie boatwrights selected for the program will stay aboard the historic tug boat Arthur Foss, and split their time working on that large heavily planked historic vessel and working on CWB’s collection of historic small craft at its locations on Lake Union and at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island.

“Getting that first job out of school is daunting in any industry, and we’re pleased to work with our partners at Northwest Seaport to create this new opportunity for recent marine carpentry grads,” said Betsy Davis, CWB Executive Director. “And we’ll get tremendous benefit as these grads bring the latest knowledge from schools, and their enthusiasm, to help us preserve the boats that represent our region’s maritime legacy.”

CWB and Northwest Seaport hope to hire the first Boatwright in Residence this fall, and will make decisions on the future of the program after this first trial session.

“Northwest Seaport is excited to help launch this program as it helps contribute to the graduate’s repertoire of job skills and improves the condition of the Arthur Foss,” said Otto Loggers, NW Seaport Executive Director.  “It’s a win, win, win situation as we gain a skilled set of hands, they gain experience under the guidance of our Shipwright, and CWB and NW Seaport strengthen our partnership.”

Recent marine carpentry grads interested in the new program can e-mail Kyle Hunter, CWB’s Boatshop Manager, , for an application.

About The Center for Wooden Boats

The Center for Wooden Boats, founded in 1976, provides a gathering place where maritime history comes alive through direct experience and our small craft heritage is enjoyed, preserved, and passed along to future generations. CWB, with locations on Lake Union in Seattle and at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, engages visitors in whole body learning by putting the historic boats, oars and paddles, sails and tools in the hands of people who visit.

About Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center

Northwest Seaport, founded in 1964, preserves and interprets the maritime heritage of Puget Sound and the Pacific Northwest.  At Seattle’s Lake Union Park Northwest Seaport museum ships, the tugboat Arthur Foss and the Lightship No. 83 Swiftsure, provide a hands-on venue for family education and vocational training programs.  Recent Northwest Seaport events include Gold Rush Tugboats, on-board story time for toddlers, tugboat tours, maritime music and overnight experience programs.