James Delaguila of Bethlehem Township, NJ has joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD as a shipwright apprentice. Delaguila begins his apprenticeship working on the 1889 sailing log-bottomed bugeye, Edna E. Lockwood.
Delaguila joins CBMM after recently completing the International Yacht Restoration School’s (IYRS) two-year boatbuilding and restoration program. During his time at IYRS, Delaguila mastered the fundamentals of wooden boatbuilding.
Prior to attending IYRS, Delaguila received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in economics from The New School. His work experience includes six years as the health care market research study director at Ipsos Healthcare.
Delaguila was introduced to CBMM when he participated in the museum’s Apprentice for a Day public boatbuilding program and a CBMM journeyman shipwright encouraged him to attend IYRS.
Upon completing his one-year apprenticeship, Delaguila plans to pursue a career in historical wooden boat restoration.
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 under the “Learn” tab at www.cbmm.org.