The Lane Victory runs on 100% volunteer power!
The ship's continued existence is only possible thanks to the hard work, dedication, and love of the volunteers who keep her looking good and running true.

Join the crew who keeps this national treasure alive!

Make new friends, learn new skills, hear the sea stories from Merchant Marine and Naval Armed Guard veterans, and feel amazing adding your effort to conserve this living monument.

Volunteering on the Vessel

Can anyone volunteer?
Yes, pretty much!

No mariner experience is needed, and you don’t need to have been a crewman or sailor of any type.

Of course, we are always looking for experienced mariners and steam engineers.

Mariners-by-trade and landlubbers alike are always welcome.

When can we volunteer and what do we do?
Choose what works for you!

Each individual works when they can work, and they do the work they choose to do. 

We do have crew work days on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, but if you can’t work on those days, you can work on the days that fit your schedule.

Volunteers are needed in all departments!

Engineering Dept.

Work around and with steam turbine engine under the supervision of the Chief Engineer.

Docents Dept.

Escorting guests and groups around the museum and telling the history of the ship and American Merchant Marine. Under supervision of the Lead Docent.

Electrical Dept.

Work with ship's electrical systems under supervision of Chief Engineer.

Stewards Dept.

Under supervision of the Chief Steward, prepares food for crew and guests for special events and work days. Crew mess usually operates for lunch every Wednesday and on the second Saturday of the month.

Deck Dept.

Painting, maintenance, cargo handling, lifeboat training. Under supervision of Boatswain Mate.

Gift Shop

Work in ships Gift Shop during ships operating hours. Sales, inventory control, work cash register, under supervision of Gift Shop Manager.

Carpenter Shop

Working on wood repairs and projects giving out by Boatswain Mate.

Museum Staff

Working in two museums, cleaning and changing displays, inventory of artifacts. Working under the Museum Curator.

Gangway Watch

Greeting guests and controlling access to the vessel. Work shifts made up by Gangway Supervisor and Chief Security Officer.

Signage Dept.

Making and painting signs for various areas of the ship as needed.

Office Staff

General office work,answer phones, mailing,filing working under Office Manager.

Security Dept.

Working ship security and safety at all special events,movie shoots, etc. Understanding Maritime Law and procedures under supervision of the Chief Security Officer.

In particular, we constantly need volunteers for our Gangway Office (ticket office), the General Office and in the Gift Shop.

Getting started:

However, no perk can match the satisfaction of knowing you are on a team of outstanding people who maintain and perpetuate the legacy of individuals who risked their lives in times of need, to preserve the world as a better place for mankind and to assist in defending those unable to defend themselves!

Becoming part of the Working Crew

Volunteers with 200 or more hours of service become members of the “Working Crew” and are eligible to work the summer cruises, when we are cruising, with the approval of their respective department head.