NPCs and Merchants in MMO Game Atlas can perform many functions: they may act as crewmen for the player's ship, or they may linger at Freeports and other locations waiting to trade with or give quests to players.
The Shipyardsman can be found at any Freeport and is able to help you build your first Raft.
The Shipyardsman can be found at the docks of any Freeport.
The Crew Recruiter can be found at any Freeport and is able to help you recruit a Crew at a cost of 5 Gold Coins per crewmember.
NPC Crewmembers can be hired for 5 Gold Coins each, and will perform different functions on your Ship such as manning the Sails or Cannons, or completing repairs to the Ship for as long as they are paid their hourly rate (varies depending on their task).