Tasks and Duties
- Cleans and polishes wood trim, brass, and other metal parts.
- Chips and cleans rust spots on deck, superstructure, and sides of ship, using wire brush and hand or air chipping machine.
- Paints or varnishes decks, superstructures, lifeboats, or sides of ship.
- Lubricates machinery, equipment, and engine parts, such as gears, shafts, and bearings.
- Sweeps and washes deck, using broom, mops, brushes, and hose.
- Splices and repairs cables and ropes, using marlinespike, wirecutters, twine, and hand tools.
- Handles lines to moor vessel to wharf, tie up vessel to another vessel, or rig towing lines.
- Stands watch from bow of ship or wing of bridge to look for obstructions in path of ship.
- Examines machinery for specified pressure and flow of lubricants.
- Loads or unloads materials from vessel.
- Reads pressure and temperature gauges or displays, and records data in engineering log.
- Lowers and mans lifeboat in case of emergency.
- Assists engineer in overhauling and adjusting machinery.
- Records data in ship's log such as weather conditions and distance traveled.
- Turns wheel while observing compass to maintain ship on course.
This project is supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily the Foundation.