Mystic Seaport Museum names Quentin Snediker as Clark Senior Curator

Mystic Seaport Museum names Quentin Snediker as Clark Senior Curator


On Saturday,September 24th, the Mystic Seaport will celebrate the opening of the Thompson Exhibition Building.The Thompson Building evokes the “geometry of the sea,” drawing design cues from the interior of a wooden ship, the undulating sea, and a spiraling nautilus shell. | Christine Corrigan,The Westerly Sun

MYSTIC — Mystic Seaport Museum has named longtime employee Quentin Snediker as the new Clark Senior Curator for Watercraft. He is the second person to hold the position and succeeds Dana Hewson, who has retired after 39 years.

Snediker, a Mystic resident, will direct the preservation and development of the Museum’s watercraft collection, which numbers more than 500 vessels. The new position is in addition to his role as director of the museum’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. Snediker will evaluate the watercraft collection, maintain quality preservation practice and develop an ongoing curation plan to maximize the collection’s contents for historical importance and cultural relevance.

After graduating from the State University of New York Maritime College, Snediker spent the first 16 years of his career as captain of sailing vessels in New England, Chesapeake Bay, and beyond. During this time, he also managed the construction and operation of a 140-ton schooner Mystic Clipper.

He came to Mystic Seaport in 1989 when he took the position of supervisor of vessel maintenance. During the 150-year anniversary celebration of the Charles W. Morgan in 1991, he also led the museum’s efforts to furnish the whaleship in a historically correct manner.

From 1993 to 1994, Snediker was associate director of programs at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. He returned to Mystic Seaport in 1995 to be project coordinator for the freedom schooner Amistad. After the Amistad was launched in March 2000, he was named the director of the shipyard.

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