Some of the vessels in which she has managed the galley include Spirit of Massachusetts, Sloop Providence, Harvey Gamage, ‘HMS’ Rose, and Mystic Seaport Museum’s Schooner Brilliant.
The term “onboard educators” is used to describe the seagoing professionals who manage the Spirit of South Carolina, and deliver many of the lessons taught onboard this ship. But that phrase is inadequate. Our captain and crew are trained, experienced mariners who also specialize in a unique brand of experiential education. They are equally as proficient at explaining the tidal phenomenon of the Lowcountry as they are at demonstrating the power of mechanical advantage and teamwork when raising 400-pound sails.
The Spirit of South Carolina carries a professional crew of nine during offshore voyages. This includes a Captain, Head Educator, cook, three mates and three deckhands. During daysail program in the fall and spring additional crew are carried to support the increased teaching load. This typically includes a bosun, engineer and additional deckhands. The crew is both competent mariners and educators possessing seamanship skills and serving as mentors, academic teachers and facilitators of character development.
At any given time a number of our crew members are professional volunteers. These individuals have substantial maritime and/or teaching experience but choose to pursue a volunteer rather than a paid position.
Captain: coordinates all actions and activities aboard for the safe operation of the vessel and fulfillment of her mission. He or she accomplishes this through a chain of command where various aspects of this responsibility are delegated to every member of the professional crew.
Chief Mate: is a watch officer reporting to the captain regarding the safety of the ship and the ship’s company during the watch. He or she assumes any delegated responsibilities assigned by the captain.
Second Mate: is a watch officer and reports to the captain regarding the safety of the ship and the ship’s company during his watch. He or she assumes any delegated responsibilities assigned by the captain.
Third Mate: is a watch officer and reports to the captain regarding the safety of the ship and the ship’s company during his or her watch. He or she assumes any delegated responsibilities assigned by the captain.
Bosun (pronounced): a boatswain is responsible for the ship’s rigging and general maintenance to include woodwork and cleaning. The bosun is typically also a watch officer who reports to the captain and assumes the responsibilities which the captain delegates to him or her.
Head Shipboard Educator: responsible for the onboard coordination and integrity of the educational programs. In addition to teaching, the head educator is responsible for students while ashore and for coordinating in-port excursions. He or she acts as a liaison between office staff and professional crew. The head educator also is an integral member of the crew, assisting the watches on deck as needed.
Deckhands: are the watch officers’ assistants and help with duties assigned to the watch, execution of maneuvers, or any ship’s work. Deckhands teach many seagoing skills ranging from marine science and seamanship to proper cleaning methods.
Engineer: is responsible for maintenance and upkeep of all shipboard systems including engines, plumbing and electrical. The engineer will also share watch standing and educational duties.