Sailing on Shtandart gives you a unique opportunity to personally experience the life of an 18th century sailor.
At the same time, being a replica of the 18th century frigate, Shtandart offers modern levels of comfort and safety.
Upon arrival on the ship each volunteer is assigned to a watch. Altogether there are three watches. They are named after the frigate’s masts: Fore watch, Main watch and Mizzen watch). Watch changes happen every four hours. During watch time you will get an opportunity to act as a lookout, a helmsman, you will learn to work the sails and develop various maritime skills under the supervision of our experienced instructors.
After four hours of your watch you do four hours on the watch below, taking part in the ship’s maintenance work and, if necessary, helping the watch keepers. Four hours after this is your rest time.
||Fore watch||Main watch||Mizzen watch|
|00:00 – 04:00||watch||sleep||below|
|04:00 – 08:00||below||watch||sleep|
|08:00 – 12:00||sleep||below||watch|
|12:00 – 16:00||watch||sleep||below|
|16:00 – 20:00||below||watch||sleep|
|20:00 – 24:00||sleep||below||watch|
While in port Shtandart crew members welcome onboard many guests and visitors. The Watchman on the gangway answers multiple questions and has a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and practice new language skills.
While in port we also carry out maintenance work which would be difficult to do during sailing. All off duty crew members can have a nice break and enjoy interesting sightseeing. There are always festivals, celebrations, parties and other activities to enjoy during our port visits.
Cleaning and cooking
At sea and in port those on kitchen duty help prepare the meals under the watchful eye of the cook. Even if you can’t cook, there will always be something for you to do, and by the end of the trip you’ll be sure to leave with a new set of skills.
Every morning after hoisting the flag the crew cleans the decks and the living quarters.
The first Russian Maritime Code of 1720 paid a lot of attention to the ship-husbandry requirements and procedures.
This is what it said: “Ships are to be cleaned and scrubbed on all days. Windows between all decks are to be open as often as the time will allow. The insides as well as the outside will be swept and washed every morning and evening.”
Shtandart follows this tradition religiously!
And deck-cleaning in the company of good friends very quickly becomes a fun thing to do!
Time-table onboard Shtandart:
|07.30||Hit the deck!|
|08.00||Hoisting of the flag|
|24.00||Lights out, beginning of night watch|