The Swedish Ship Götheborg is a living ship brimming with history to be told. Since the construction of the ship, we have rediscovered knowledge and expertise on how an 18th century ship is built, sailed, and maintained. We are extremely pleased that the ship will now sail again for the coming two years, so if you are interested in becoming part of our voyage and the caring of our ship we really would like you to hear from you. As a volunteer you get the chance in taking part of our knowledge and learn craftsmanship on board. What is required for keeping an 18th century ship in good shape? What materials were used at that time, and what is used today? How is lashing conducted? The tasks are varied and can revolve around anything from taring ropes, scraping the Hull, to working in the Rigging.

Would you like to volunteer?

Volunteers are essential for the maintenance of the ship and keeping it in shape. Being a volunteer on board is an excellent way of getting to know the ship and learning from others who have worked on the ship for many years.

You are welcome as a volunteer regardless of previous experience. Everyone is welcome, we’ll teach you everything you need to know!

Volunteers are received every workday, with some exceptions. The practical work gives you a hands-on experience in a delightful kinship together with our permanent crew and other volunteers.

If you are interested to join as a volunteer, you can register via the button below. You will be redirected to a new page where you can leave your contact details. After you have registered, you will receive an e-mail with additional information and the option to sign up for specific dates.

In addition to regular volunteer work, we sometimes organize special work weekends and work weeks that will be announced here at our website and on our Facebook page.

Bonus system for Volunteers

To express our appreciation for the work you are doing, we have created a bonus system.

This means that you can earn a percentage of discount which you can use when you want to sail along as a deckhand during the coming Expedition. The bonus system is linked to the number of days that you have worked. The more days, the more discount earned. This bonus system is applicable from August 2020.

You can read more about the terms and conditions and about the discount percentages in this document.

Working week

During a special working week, more education is included than during regular volunteer work. In addition to rig training, you get to practice how to work with ropes and tie knots every day. Every day there is also a lecture or practical training, where you will learn more in-depth knowledge of a subject concerning maintenance or craft on board. If the weather permits, we launch the ships boats and row or sail with them one of the days. Usually there is a theme on the work week, a special area on the ship that needs extra maintenance at the moment.

Working weekend

During the special working weekends we work Saturday 08-16 and Sunday 08-15, there is the possibility of sleeping on board the ship and we offer meals for free.


Please go to our Facebook group Volunteers of the Swedish Ship Götheborg if you have any questions.

Working hours during week days:

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Working hours during weekends:

Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Minimum Age:

18 years

Working clothes:

Working clothes will be provided, except for shoes! Bring your own rugged/durable shoes, preferable working shoes.


Lunch is provided


It is possible to sleep aboard Götheborg. Please notify us upon arrival. Bring your own bedsheets; sleeping bag/duvets, pillow case, and bedlinen. Blankets and pillows are provided.

Please note (!): Currently, the options for sleeping on board are limited. We hope to be able to offer this again as soon as possible.