Roles on board

You need no previous experience to become a deckhand on the Swedish Ship Götheborg.


There are around 40 deckhands on the Swedish Ship Götheborg, people from all age groups and geographical origins with varying interests and levels of experience. Everyone contributes their own unique experiences from their professional and private lives, whether or not they have experience of sailing.

Your main task as a deckhand is to manage the ship’s sales and rigging, following the instructions of your watch leader. The 18th century-style rig means that managing the sails requires a great deal of climbing up the 40-metre-high rigging.

We operate a three-shift system, and the deck crew are divided into three watches (teams) across the 24-hour day. Each watch team works for four hours and is then free for eight hours. During each watch you are assigned different posts. These may for example include being at the helm (steering the ship), being on the lookout or doing a round of safety checks. You will also help prepare food in the galley (kitchen) and assist with some everyday chores such as cleaning and tidying.

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