NEWBURYPORT – Graham McKay, marine archeologist, boat builder, and executive director of Lowell’s Boat Shop in Amesbury, is the featured speaker for the next Village Talk at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 17. McKay will talk about the history and evolution of whaleboats and whaling.

As the shop’s executive director and master boat builder, McKay is responsible for overseeing museum operations, program offerings, and the shop’s boatbuilding operations. In addition, he teaches several boatbuilding classes and instructs the museum’s high school apprentice orogram, which he created as part of Lowell’s involvement with the whaleboat project for Mystic Seaport’s restoration of the Charles W. Morgan in 2012.

Prior to coming to Lowell’s Boat Shop, McKay was a captain for the Ocean Classroom Foundation, an educational organization providing sea education and adventure for the young students aboard schooners Westward, Spirit of Massachusetts, and Harvey Gamage. He has also worked as a commercial diver, fisherman, and fisheries scientist.

Village Talks are offered by the Greater Newburyport Village for the enrichment of the community. Village Talks occur every third Wednesday of the month at the Newburyport Senior/Community Center, 331 High St., Newburyport. Talks are free and open to all. For more information, check out the event calendar at, email, or call 978-206-1821.