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Boatbuilding ‘Apprentice for a Day’ program offered

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., announced the winter/spring 2011 schedule for its "Apprentice for a Day" program.

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During museum hours on Saturdays and Sundays from Jan. 8 through May 29, participants will be constructing a 16-foot Rushton Double Ended Rowboat "Florida Model."

Traditional Chesapeake boatbuilding techniques will be taught under the direction of a museum shipwright by constructing a boat from start to finish.

Participants can be a part of the whole 17-week process or can sign up only for specific dates. The "Journeyman Special" package includes any four days for one reduced price and can diversify the experience to include several different skills.

Individual classes are $35 for museum members and $45 for non-members. The "Journeyman's Special" is $125 for members and $170 for non-members. Participants must be 16 or older, unless accompanied by an adult.

Call the museum to register at (410) 745-2916 or e-mail Dan Sutherland at or Richard Scofield at To download the complete "Apprentice for a Day" winter/spring 2011 schedule, visit