Volunteering Information


The S.S. Lane Victory is a memorial, museum, and fully operational WWII era cargo ship. Her continued existence is not possible without the hard work, dedication and love of the volunteers who keep her looking good and running true.


Volunteers are needed in all departments. Mariners-by-trade and ‘land-lubbers’ alike are welcome. No mariner experience is needed, you don’t ever have to have been a crewman or sailor of any type. But we are always looking for experienced mariners and steam engineers.


Each individual works when they can work, 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.


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


At minimum an associate USMMVWWII membership is required (this is for insurance, OSHA, and other requirements). See the Membership Application (note, first year members should only join as Associate members, see below) for the benefits and perks of being a member of the Lane Victory crew. However no perk can match the satisfaction of knowing you are on a team of outstanding individuals 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 not able to defend themselves.


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.


Make new friends, learn new skills, hear the sea stories from Merchant Marine and Naval Armed Guard veterans. Become a crew member and volunteer!


A list of volunteer opportunities available and some information about each department:

Engineering Dept.

Work around and with steam turbine engine under the supervision of chief engineer.

Deck Dept.

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


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

Docents Dept.

Escoring guests and Groups around the ship and telling the history of the ship and American Merchant Marine. Under supervision of Chief Docent.

Gift Shop

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

Gangway Watch

Greeting guests and controlling ID badges. work shifts made up by Gangway Supervisor and Chief Security Officer.

Electrical Dept.

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

Carpenter Shop

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

Sign Dept.

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

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.


Working in two museums, cleaning and changing displays, inventory of artifacts. Working under museum supervisor.

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.

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