The Crew

Melissa Ewald
Melissa Ewald
Bosun
Melissa is from the beautiful Hudson Valley of New York. Her prior ships include the legendary Sloop Clearwater and schooners Adventure and Lettie G. Howard. Melissa enjoys travel, spending time on the water, teaching ecology and cycling.
Doug Faunt
Doug Faunt
Engineer/Relief Mate
After a successful but draining career in data communications, Doug discovered tall ships andamateur radio which led him to world-wide travels and communications. He found tall ships through an interest in maritime literature. A two-week trip to Bermuda and back aboard the full-rigged ship ‘HMS’Rose set him on a seafaring adventure that continues today. Since then he has made it a second career, with both deck and engineering licenses. He has crossed the Atlantic five times on square-rigged vessels, once carrying 30 tons of cargo to Europe. Doug was born in South Carolina of parents who met and married in Charleston, and he still has strong South Carolina roots, although he has lived in California since 1975.
Carter Haley
Carter Haley
Deckhand
A rising junior at The College of Charleston, joined the Spirit of South Carolina in early May as a deckhand. This is his first experience as a Tall Ship crew member. After graduating in 2014 from St. Georges School in Newport, RI, Carter returned to his hometown to study Data Science. As a local and summer deckhand, he is happy that Spirit is geared up to contribute to the nautical culture of South Carolina.
Josi Yun
Josi Yun
Deckhand
Josephine (Josie) Yun is thrilled to join the Spirit crew this season. She has worked in the non-profit sector for over a decade; prior tall ship adventures have taken her to the schooners Amistad, Pride of Baltimore II, and Lettie G. Howard. Josie’s passions include education, learning, and helping others. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, running, and meditation.
Sarah Joyal
Sarah Joyal
Apprentice Deckhand
Sarah was born on a farm in Ohio where her first pet was a chicken; later she taught her goats to let her ride them. Her current home port is Oak Ridge, Tennessee. She is a recovering gymnast and aspiring rock climber. Spirit of South Carolina is her first Tall Ship experience, although her family had a small lake sailboat in her childhood. She is developing her photography skills and looks forward to adventures at sea.
Darcie Couture
Darcie Couture
Cook
Darcie Couture has enjoyed a dual career as a cook (on boats, in restaurants, and as a private chef) and as a marine biologist for the last 20 years, establishing her own company for marine consulting, environmental monitoring and shellfish aquaculture in 2012.

Some of the vessels in which she has managed the galley include Spirit of Massachusetts, Sloop Providence, Harvey Gamage, ‘HMS’ Rose, and Mystic Seaport Museum’s Schooner Brilliant.


Crew Terms

The term “onboard educators” is used to describe the seagoing professionals who manage the Spirit of South Carolina, and deliver many of the lessons taught onboard this ship. But that phrase is inadequate. Our captain and crew are trained, experienced mariners who also specialize in a unique brand of experiential education. They are equally as proficient at explaining the tidal phenomenon of the Lowcountry as they are at demonstrating the power of mechanical advantage and teamwork when raising 400-pound sails.

The Spirit of South Carolina carries a professional crew of nine during offshore voyages. This includes a Captain, Head Educator, cook, three mates and three deckhands. During daysail program in the fall and spring additional crew are carried to support the increased teaching load. This typically includes a bosun, engineer and additional deckhands. The crew is both competent mariners and educators possessing seamanship skills and serving as mentors, academic teachers and facilitators of character development.

At any given time a number of our crew members are professional volunteers. These individuals have substantial maritime and/or teaching experience but choose to pursue a volunteer rather than a paid position.

Captain: coordinates all actions and activities aboard for the safe operation of the vessel and fulfillment of her mission. He or she accomplishes this through a chain of command where various aspects of this responsibility are delegated to every member of the professional crew.

Chief Mate: is a watch officer reporting to the captain regarding the safety of the ship and the ship’s company during the watch. He or she assumes any delegated responsibilities assigned by the captain.

Second Mate: is a watch officer and reports to the captain regarding the safety of the ship and the ship’s company during his watch. He or she assumes any delegated responsibilities assigned by the captain.

Third Mate: is a watch officer and reports to the captain regarding the safety of the ship and the ship’s company during his or her watch. He or she assumes any delegated responsibilities assigned by the captain.


Bosun (pronounced):
a boatswain is responsible for the ship’s rigging and general maintenance to include woodwork and cleaning. The bosun is typically also a watch officer who reports to the captain and assumes the responsibilities which the captain delegates to him or her.

Head Shipboard Educator: responsible for the onboard coordination and integrity of the educational programs. In addition to teaching, the head educator is responsible for students while ashore and for coordinating in-port excursions. He or she acts as a liaison between office staff and professional crew. The head educator also is an integral member of the crew, assisting the watches on deck as needed.

Deckhands: are the watch officers’ assistants and help with duties assigned to the watch, execution of maneuvers, or any ship’s work. Deckhands teach many seagoing skills ranging from marine science and seamanship to proper cleaning methods.

Engineer: is responsible for maintenance and upkeep of all shipboard systems including engines, plumbing and electrical. The engineer will also share watch standing and educational duties.