Jesse Wiegel named Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Waterfront Programs Manager

Jesse Wiegel of Port Townsend, Wash., has been hired as the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Floating Fleet Captain & Waterfront Programs Manager.

Wiegel brings with him nearly a decade of experience in the non-profit sector operating sail training or character development programming. At CBMM, he will be responsible for serving as the primary captain of its floating fleet of historic vessels and leading in the development and execution for on-the-water training and education for staff, volunteers, and guests.

“CBMM feels like a gathering sea-swell,” Wiegel said. “Being a part of this period of growth and being entrusted to bring our fleet operations into the future brings me a great feeling of excitement.”

Part of Wiegel’s current responsibilities include preparing 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle for the summer season. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Winnie’s construction, CBMM will mark the centennial at its Maritime Day & Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday, May 17, and throughout the season. River cruises aboard Winnie, which run Friday–Monday in the spring and summer, will begin operating in May. To learn how you can book a private cruise onboard Winnie for up to 35 guests, email lsee[email protected] or call 410-745-4947.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, and making this resource available to all.

Every aspect of fulfilling this mission is driven by CBMM’s values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship, along with a commitment to providing engaging guest experiences and transformative educational programming, all while serving as a vital community partner. For more information, visit or call 410-745-2916.

Jesse Wiegel