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Assistant Skipper aboard the Lyonesse Lady


St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly


Full time, permanent


Dependent upon qualifications and experience.

We are seeking an applicant to join a small team for a Assistant Skipper aboard our vessel the Lyonesse Lady, to help support with delivery of our off-island freight.

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group is unique in the UK in terms of its breadth of transport operations including shipping, airline and airport services; providing lifeline links for both passengers and freight between the Isles of Scilly and the mainland.

The Group operates the Scillonian III passenger ferry and has recently acquired a new freight ship that is currently being modified to replace the current, smaller vessel, the Gry Maritha. Inter-island freight and mail services are provided using two smaller vessels.  The Company also operates Penzance Dry Dock to maintain its own vessels and provide services to external clients.


  • Handling and sorting Cargo
  • Assisting the Skipper in the day to day running and basic maintenance of the Lyonesse Lady
  • Safe loading and unloading of freight from quay to vessel
  • To run the Lyonesse in the absence of the Skipper
  • To Skipper the Swift lady as required


Preferred Qualifications but training could be provided for the correct applicant

  • ENG 1.
  • VHF radio licence (restricted VHF/SRC/MRC)
  • Advanced Powerboat with commercially endorsed.
  • Sea survival/fire fighting certificate
  • First aid certificate
  • Ship mounted HIAB ticket
  • Fork lift Truck licence



  • A sound working knowledge of small boat operations
  • Experience of boat handling in poor weather and rough sea conditions
  • A strong knowledge of local pilotage and tidal conditions
  • Experience of providing and delivering high levels of customer service



  • 40 hours a week over a six-day week, to include evening and weekend work as required.
  • Bank holidays are considered part of a normal working week


Company Benefits

  • Concessionary travel to the Isles of Scilly and any other relevant schemes
  • Pension plan
  • 32 days holiday including public/bank holidays

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