Bronaugh Joins CBMM As Shipwright Apprentice

CBMM_BillBronaugh_2013 (352 x 400)Bill Bronaugh, of Charleston, WV, has recently joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD as a shipwright apprentice. Bronaugh begins his apprenticeship working on the historic restoration of the skipjack Rosie Parks.

Bronaugh joins CBMM after attending Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville, MI, where he worked on a whaleboat for Mystic Seaport’s Charles W. Morgan. He began his career in woodworking building kayaks and furniture, relying on what he learned from his father, who was a luthier.

Bronaugh was first introduced to the Chesapeake Bay region while visiting from West Virginia a few years back, and looks forward to his first on-the-water experience along the Chesapeake aboard the Rosie Parks, after her restoration is complete. He is living in Easton, MD during his one-year apprenticeship.

CBMM’s professional shipwright apprentice program provides recent wooden boatbuilding school graduates on-the-job training through the restoration and maintenance of the largest collection of Chesapeake Bay watercraft in the world. For more information, visit the “Working Boatyard” page at