Based on ten years of historical research, A Sailor’s Life for Me is a dynamic online game and educator resource that allows people of all ages to step into the shoes of an 1812 sailor and take on the tasks and challenges of life at sea, including scrubbing the deck, whacking rats in the hold, and sailing the ship.
Subjects or Themes
War of 1812, Naval history, American history
Game, Interactives, Online Exhibit, Sound, Text, Images, Artifacts
Design + Creation: USS Constitution Museum Staff
Illustrator: Stephen Biesty
Writer: Richard Platt
Initial Website, Game Design, and Development: Eduweb
2020 Website Redesign and Game Enhancements: Green Door Labs
Crew Journals: USS Constitution Museum Staff, Tom DiCesare, and Melissa Sherrin
2011; relaunched 2019
Host Institution / Affiliation / Project Location
USS Constitution Museum
Labor and Support
This project was the culmination of 10 years of research and a combined 4 years of development and redevelopment.
Partnerships, funding sources, or grant-funding acknowledgement
Institute of Museum & Library Services
This website has been made possible, in part, by a Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
National Maritime Heritage Grant Funding
The activity that is the subject of asailorslifeforme.org has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Maritime Heritage Grant program, administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, through the Massachusetts Historical Commission, Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin, Chairman. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior, or the Massachusetts Historical Commission, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior, or the Massachusetts Historical Commission.
United States Navy Office of Commemorations, Navy History & Heritage Command
This website has received additional support from the United States Navy Office of Commemorations, Navy History & Heritage Command.
National Endowment for the Humanities
This website has received additional support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Ruby W. & LaVon P. Linn Foundation
This website has received additional support from the Ruby W. & LaVon P. Linn Foundation.