Able Seafarers-Seamanship Instructors
starting January 1970
Posted by: OLIVER HAZARD PERRY RI on May 26, 2021
Category: Deck: Licensed

SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is the first full-rigged ocean-going ship to be built in the United States in over 100 years.  OHPRI provides innovative and empowering education programs at sea and ashore to promote personal growth and professional development while raising awareness of opportunities in the maritime industry, marine trades, and defense sector for the communities of Rhode Island and Southern New England.

Her traditional rig reaches 130ft high with a total of 19 spars, seven miles of rope and wire, and 20 sails that total 14,000 square feet. This contrasts her modern below deck features, including an environmental science lab, state-of-the art classroom technology, wheelchair accessibility, and climate-controlled living and learning spaces.

An AB is a lead deckhand and assists the mate in management of a watch of crew and trainees during shipboard operations. This position is an opportunity for professional mariners in traditional sail to develop in a leadership position in square rig. The AB works with the mate to carry out the operations and duties of a watch. The AB assists the Mate in managing a watch and leads other deckhands, and trainees in the operation of the ship and training on deck and aloft.


Applicants for AB must have traditional sail experience, hold a USCG AB Sail endorsement or higher, and be a U.S. citizen. Consideration will be given to applicants who hold a 100ton Near Coastal Mate but lack an AB.


All crew will be required to follow Covid-19 health and safety guidelines as set by OHPRI, Rhode Island Department of Health, CDC, and USCG. Obtaining Immunization for Covid-19 is highly encouraged.


Pay is competitive and above industry standard. Berthing on the ship and meals are provided. There may be opportunities for a motivated individual with a 100 ton near coastal mate or masters license to get command experience on an affiliated vessel and STCW training assistance.


Email resume, cover letter, and references to

Required certifications:
License: None, Near Coastal



Flag: United States of America
Rig: Full-Rigged Ship
Homeport: Newport, Rhode Island
Sparred Length: 196'
LOD: 128'
LWL: 117'
Draft: 13'
Beam: 30' 6
Rig height: 130'
Sail Area: 14,000
Tons: 471 Gross Tons
Hull: steel substrate
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