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Deckhands and trainee deckhands for steamers

Sydney Heritage Fleet
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This lists the tasks a deckhand or trainee deckhand can expect to help with. What isn't mentioned is the sheer fun of being part of the crew of an 1902 steamer! The camaraderie can't be beat!


  • Your fitness must be adequate to stay alert at all times, move quickly, pull on ropes, climb ladders and lift a weight up to 20 kg
  • Your vision must be adequate to obtain a driver’s licence and read normal print (vision aids acceptable)
  • Your hearing must be adequate to understand shouted instructions in English from a distance of 20 m (hearing aids acceptable)
  • You must speak and understand English
  • You must be open to accepting instructions.

When on the water you will need to:

  • comply with instructions from the Master and Bosun immediately
  • take a shift at the helm under directions from the Master
  • be a lookout when not otherwise occupied
  • help with embarkation and disembarkation of passengers – including gangplank positioning
  • help caterers and hospitality crew load and unload supplies
  • answer passenger questions about vessel and harbour sights
  • carry out emergency procedures: fire, person overboard, abandon ship, medical, anchoring
  • handle ropes for departure and berthing
  • perform a life jacket demonstration
  • take part in polishing and cleaning including deck
  • help removing and replacing covers
  • help installing and removing equipment – eg nav lights, ventilators, fairleads, chairs, shutters
  • update training when required.