$8.50 an hour as a Belle of Louisville deckhand to bust up drunken passenger brawls. But who watches for pirates?

time-clockBoulevard reports extensively on executive pay at big local employers. But we also look at what folks make down in the trenches — or on the mighty Ohio River. Here’s an opening from Metro Louisville’s help-wanted listings.

The job: deckhand.

The duties include sweeping, mopping, and waxing the dance floor, then watching dancing passengers for dangerous activity, including fights. On the Texas deck, you’ll also guard against fighting passengers. (Battling passengers seems to be a theme.) And in your most serious job responsibility, you’ll keep an eye on the pilot, and “ensure safe navigation in the event the pilot/captain becomes incapacitated.”

Your employer: The 102-year-old, city-owned Belle of Louisville is America’s last genuine Mississippi river steamboat still in operation, offering sightseeing 2½-hour lunch and 3-hour dinner cruises on the Ohio.

What it pays: $8.50 an hour for what amounts to a seasonal job. Is it just us, or shouldn’t such serious responsibilities — fights! drunk passengers! incapacitated captains! — pay more? Odder still, the only qualifications are that you must be 18; pass pre-employment and post-employment alcohol and drug tests; wear safety equipment, and be available for a varied work schedule.

Related: In pirate talk, “wet your pipe” doesn’t mean what you might think.

Photo, top: Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series. The fifth installment, “Dead Men Tell No Tales” is set for release xt year.

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