our two weeks before the mast progam is under construction!

We are taking some time to revew our Two Weeks Before the Mast (TWBM) program to make your adventure of a lifetime even better!

The Experience

Tall ships are real. The work is real, the weather is real, and the ocean is as real as it gets. No two experiences are the same. If you’re considering Two Weeks Before the Mast, contact our headquarters to discuss the time of year you’d like to go, ports that are convenient for you to get to, and our friendly team will help set up your stay aboard.

The day you report for duty you will be swept into the wild world of tall ships – you will do everything the crew does, from hosting the public, teaching maritime history to kids, and sailing the vessel. For a preview of what your daily experience aboard the tall ships will be check out this video from Safe Harbor Productions:


Important Details

Sail Trainees are assigned to either Lady Washington or Hawaiian Chieftain based on staffing needs as determined by the Captains and our headquarters in Aberdeen, Washington. Sail Trainees may request a specific boat, but GHHS cannot guarantee availability. All participants must pass a background test and have a letter from their physician stating they are fit to be able to withstand the shipboard environment. Please note in your application if you are unable to climb in the rigging. Applicants prone to motion sickness should be aware that they may wish to only sign up for inland routes instead of ocean-going routes.

Fill out and submit your application via email, fax, or U.S. mail. Once your application has been processed and approved, we will contact you to schedule your time aboard.

Please allow up to 20 business days to process your application.

For information on this unique two-week experience living and working aboard a tall ship, email volunteer@historicalseaport.org or call 800-200-5239.

Ready to sign up?

Fill out and turn in your application, and the intake form at the bottom of this page, and read all the fine print below. Allow up to 20 business days to process your application. To ask about embarkation and disembarkation ports, time of year, accommodations, and more, call our headquarters at 800-200-5239.

The program fee for Two Weeks Before the Mast is $750.00. If finances are a challenge for you, please contact us for assistance or apply for a scholarship. We will help you find a way aboard. You can pay by credit card here.

Trainee Intake Form

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