Quentin Snediker has supervised the construction and maintenance of, as well as captained, traditional wooden sailing vessels for over 40 years. He is a 1972 graduate of SUNY Maritime College at Fort Schuyler, with a B.S. in Marine Transportation and holds a MA in Historic Preservation from Goucher College.
His life-long study of American sailing vessels lead to an intimate knowledge of their construction and operation, well preparing him for his role at Mystic Seaport leading the building of the reproduction schooner Amistad, and restoration and preservation of the Museum’s extensive fleet of historic vessels, including the National Historic Landmark Charles W. Morgan, a 340 ton 1841 wooden whaling vessel, a favorite subject depicted in his scrimshaw.
He has pursued an interest in maritime arts since childhood, completing his first scrimshaw piece at age 15 was inspired by a visit to Mystic Seaport. He uses traditional materials and methods, emulating the techniques of 19th century whalemen.