Everyday life as a volunteer on a tall ship


Many people have asked me, what it actually is that I do on the ship, so I figured it might not be a stupid idea to do a post about a typical day as a volunteer on a tall ship. So here goes.

0740 – Rise and shine 🙂

My day normally starts around 0740, which is when my alarm goes off. I get out of my cosy and warm sleeping bag, to put on my uniform. I then normally go up to the galley to make myself breakfast (normally toasted bread with peanutbutter and jelly or a bowl of cereal). I then check my mail, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, etc.

Once done with my breakfast I brush my teeth and I am then ready for a new day. If Im fresh enough in the morning, I do tend to take some pictures before we start working.

0830 – Happy Hour

They day officially starts. The day normally starts with happy hour, which is cleaning the ship – both inside and outside. Everyone gets assigned a station/place on the ship, where one needs to clean. Once done, you check to see if anyone needs help. The last part of happy hour consists of the deck scrub or deck wash. Once done with the deck scrub/wash, it’s brasso time 🙂 Brasso time basically means polish all brass on the ship.

1000ish – Smoko

Around 10ish it’s smoko time. That means time for a hot drink and a fruit, if one pleases.

After smoko someone needs to go on the wharf to sell tickets to passengers, who wanna come onboard for a daysail.

1015 – Preparing the ship for daysail

After smoko, we normally start preparing the ship for daysail. That means taking gaskets of the sails, taking trim to the other side and make her fast, till we are back in port again as well as prepare for tea, coffee and milo for the passengers.

1130/1200 – Lunch time

Lunch normally consist of bread, ham, cheese and whatever you can find in the fridge that goes on top of bread as well as leftovers.

1230 – Daysail

Passengers come on board, safety instructions are gone through with the passengers, everyone stands by on their assigned positions on the ship. At the moment I have been assigned the stern line, which belongs on the aft deck (the back of the ship). That means that when the Captain tells me to, I take in the line and coil it, so that the deck is cleared.


A daysail on STV Windeward Bound normally lasts for about 3 hours and we kinda go where the wind takes us. We motor out of the harbour and a bit and then turn the ship and set the sails. Once we leave the wharf, a person is assigned to be lookout (the eyes of the ship) and another person, normally the person on duty that day, will be in the galley to prepare a light lunch as well as the Tasmanian cheese and fruit platter for the passengers.


Once back in port, all sails needs to be tucked away and Trim needs to be brought back alongside the ship. The last couple of times I have been bringing Trim to the other side as well as back to the ship, which has been really fun and I keep on learning something new every time.

1700 – Time off

At 1700 we are normally done with tucking away the sails and bringing Trim back alongside the ship. Once done, we are off, so to say. If you are on duty, you cannot leave the ship, meaning that you have to stay on the ship during the evening.

If you are not on duty, you normally take the opportunity to get off the ship, go out and get a drink, do some shopping or whatever you feel like. Sometimes one chooses to stay on the ship during the evening to do ones washing, read a book or just relax. It varies from day to day.

The person on duty cooks dinner for the rest of the crew and this is normally done somewhere between 1730 and 1900.


I have only been on the ship for 2 weeks, but this is more or less how most days have been looking for me. We normally have Monday and Tuesday off (unless on duty) and we have maintenance days as well. More on this later on.
If you think this sounds like fun and you would be interested in volunteering on a tall ship like STV Windeward Bound, you can contact STV Windeward Bound directly here or contact me here.

2 Replies to “Everyday life as a volunteer on a tall ship”

  1. Great fun! Real pirate life hehe

  2. That’s a tiring schedule! haha – Ferdi

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