Tall ship "WAVERTREE" restoration and sailing crew

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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Pier 16South Street SeaportNew York, NY 10038


Learn to restore and sail a tall ship!

The South Street Seaport Museum's 1885 sailing ship WAVERTREE, is signing on volunteer crew. Opportunities are available for volunteers to learn all aspects of maintaining and operating the ship. There are immediate openings for entry-level and skilled volunteers for regular maintenance and care of the ship (training provided) as well as aloft work (climbing into the rigging).

People of all ages and skill levels are welcome. You will learn to work from deck and aloft on her 165' tall masts. Together we will care for and improve this unique ship and prepare her to eventually sail once again in New York Harbor.

Volunteering aboard WAVERTREE presents a rare opportunity to learn traditional maritime skills and methods familiar to 19th and 20th century sailors. Prior tall ship and sailing experience is a plus, but volunteers from all walks of life to commit to active and lasting participation in the ship’s operation are welcome. Experienced hands will have the opportunity to help us train and mentor newcomers in order to support this exciting program.


  • Woodworking
  • Carpentry

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • Fitness test for climbers, must be able to walk up gangways and ladders.

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