Relief Captain

Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island

Job Information

  • Newport, Rhode Island, United States
  • 35561406
  • June 8, 2017
  • Relief Captain
  • Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island
  • Captain


The Relief Captain must hold a minimum of a 500 ton Masters License, Near Coastal, with Auxiliary Sail Endorsement. The Captain must have strong ship handling skills and experience handling vessels of similar size, and must be comfortable docking and anchoring at a variety of locations. The Captain is ultimately responsible for the safe operation of the ship. While we do carry a full time licensed Engineer, the Captain is also expected to be familiar with the ship’s systems.

The Oliver Hazard Perry is a full-rig ship, so square rig and traditional sailing experience are strongly preferred. In addition, the Perry runs dynamic sail-training programs at sea. All of our crew are considered educators, and while we do carry a full time Program Manager on board, the captain is ultimately in charge of making sure that our educational program is being fully implemented. The right candidate should be a high energy and enthusiastic person, who can live and work with students in close quarters, and serve as a role-model for both trainees and crew. Near coastal voyage planning and execution is required. Crew management and organization is a critical component of the position.

The Perry will be operating student trips of one to two weeks in length, primarily between New England and Nova Scotia this summer. We are looking for a Relief Captain with availability in July and August, but there can be flexibility in working with our full-time captain in deciding dates of availability and possible lengths of commitment. The Perry operates year-round, and will be in the Caribbean this winter, so there will also be opportunities for fall and winter employment if interested.

The Oliver Hazard Perry is a newly built, full-rig ship of 471 gross tons, and 196’ LOA. She is steel-hulled, with twin Caterpillar diesel engines and a hydraulic bow thruster. Modern accommodations below, with showers, heat, air conditioning, and a private cabin for the Captain.