The First 48 Hours

We are often asked what life is like aboard SSV Oliver Hazard Perry. Everyday is different, and every voyage brings new adventures and plans. However typically the start to your voyage will look similar, as there is routine to what we have to accomplish when bringing new trainees onto our crew. Hopefully this guide gives you a glimpse into our world-- and fuel your passion to join it!

First thing's first- move in! Here you see our 16-person berthing space. Every person on board has a berth as well as a locker. There are also private two-person cabin's available which feature a private bathroom, desk, and more personal storage space. 

First thing's first- move in! Here you see our 16-person berthing space. Every person on board has a berth as well as a locker. There are also private two-person cabin's available which feature a private bathroom, desk, and more personal storage space. 

Time to check in! We take care of all the logistics to a voyage, from customs to paperwork, we've got you covered. This is also where you will sign off on our trainee policies, and start to get acquinted with the ship. 

Time to check in! We take care of all the logistics to a voyage, from customs to paperwork, we've got you covered. This is also where you will sign off on our trainee policies, and start to get acquinted with the ship. 

Introduction time! We carry 17 professional crew, who will introduce themselves and their role on board the vessel. This is Caz, our fabulous cook! 

Introduction time! We carry 17 professional crew, who will introduce themselves and their role on board the vessel. This is Caz, our fabulous cook! 

Speaking of food.... dinner! Amongst all the chaos of the first day, many trainees have traveled a far distance, and worked up an appetite! 

Speaking of food.... dinner! Amongst all the chaos of the first day, many trainees have traveled a far distance, and worked up an appetite! 

From dinner we head straight into safety rotations. This includes three stations: Fire, Man Overboard, and Abandon Ship! Here you see our helpful trainee Winter don an emersion suit to show her peers how its done 

From dinner we head straight into safety rotations. This includes three stations: Fire, Man Overboard, and Abandon Ship! Here you see our helpful trainee Winter don an emersion suit to show her peers how its done 

As a part of the crew you will help stand night watch, which at anchor & dock require hourly boat checks. Here Tucker our Deckhand shows trainees how to properly make a log entry after succesfully completeing a boat check. 

As a part of the crew you will help stand night watch, which at anchor & dock require hourly boat checks. Here Tucker our Deckhand shows trainees how to properly make a log entry after succesfully completeing a boat check. 

The next morning brings more orientation! From line-handling to aloft training we start to give our trainees a feel for what it's like to be a part of maintaining the ship. 

The next morning brings more orientation! From line-handling to aloft training we start to give our trainees a feel for what it's like to be a part of maintaining the ship. 

Here Tucker helps show trainees a proper coiling technique

Here Tucker helps show trainees a proper coiling technique

Cynthia, an AB aboard starts a lesson in parts of the sail. 

Cynthia, an AB aboard starts a lesson in parts of the sail. 

Aloft training commences! 

Aloft training commences! 

Haul Away! 

Haul Away! 

& off we go! 

& off we go! 

The trainees now prepared to be a part of the crew for this Voyage! (this was departing Ft Lauderdale for Cuba, March 2017)

The trainees now prepared to be a part of the crew for this Voyage! (this was departing Ft Lauderdale for Cuba, March 2017)

Photo credit: Mark Russell