Volunteering

The SA Maritime Museum has an active volunteer program. Over 50 volunteers crew and maintain our vessels, support our education programs, research and care for our collections, manage our library and keep our lighthouse. Volunteers are committed to our goal of preserving maritime heritage and interested in the work of the Museum. They enjoy the camaraderie of being part of the crew and meeting our visitors and passengers.

The Museum urgently needs volunteers with skills in maritime trades. We need master mariners, coxswains, able seafarers and engineers to crew our steam tug Yelta and our timber launch Archie Badenoch. We also need metal workers and shipwrights to maintain our vessels.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering, please contact our volunteers coordinator, Karen Sellar on telephone 8207 6255 or email ksellar@history.sa.gov.au.

Volunteering opportunities - Skippers Needed

The SA Maritime Museum is calling for volunteers to crew its timber launch Archie Badenoch and steam tug Yelta. The boats carry more than 10,000 passengers a year showing them the Port River, the working harbour and providing unique experiences celebrating our maritime heritage.

Volunteers enjoy the rewards of sharing their skills and knowledge and being part of the social life of the Maritime Museum. They join a team of 55 volunteers who take groups of school students on the Port River or spend a morning working on our steam engine. For many skippers it is a great way to keep their tickets current.

Our boats are icons of the Port River. Archie Badenoch was built by General Motors Holden in 1942 at its Birkenhead plant, on the banks of the Inner Harbor. Archie was a 40 foot navy work boat, one of many churned of a production line during World War II. It later became the police patrol and rescue boat and saved stranded fishermen and sailors. Today, Archie is one of the most active boats in the Port, taking up to six cruises a day carrying school children to study the marine environment and the working port.

Yelta was built for Adelaide Steamship Company in 1949 and spent its working life towing ships into and out of Port Adelaide. It was built at Sydney’s Cockatoo Island Dockyard and is powered by a triple expansion steam engine. Yelta is a very elegant tug with many of the characteristics of traditional ships: riveted steel plates, a timber wheel house and plenty of brass and polished wood. It is South Australia’s last working steam tug.

The Maritime Museum is calling for volunteers to keep its boats running. Volunteers do a great service at the Museum and they also enjoy the experience, the satisfaction of the work, the friendship of the crew and the pleasure of working on the water. If you would like to learn more about what volunteers do behind the scenes call the Maritime Museum on 8207 6255 or email maritime@history.sa.gov.au

 To register your interest in other future volunteering opportunities with the Maritime Museum, please complete this form. Thank you for your interest.