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Captain Elliot Rappaport


Associate Professor, Nautical Science

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Elliot has been a ship master at SEA since the spring of 2002, a position he describes as the most rewarding in a 16-year career as captain of sail training vessels. Previous appointments include 10 years as master of Maine Maritime Academy’s training schooner Bowdoin, on voyages to Greenland and the Canadian Maritimes.

A lifelong resident of coastal New England, Elliot's interest in boats jelled into a career after sailing as a student with SEA class W-79. He is a 1986 graduate of Oberlin College, and holds an MS at the University of Maine .

Other professional interests include wooden boat construction, marine engineering, and meteorology. Capt. Rappaport is licensed by the US Coast Guard to serve as Master of Auxiliary Sailing Vessels of up to 500 gross tons on all oceans, and is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

Elliot is a full-time resident of Portland, Maine, and divides his spare time between outdoor sports, writing, and carpentry.