Definitions for boatswainˈboʊ sən
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or bo's'n or bo•sun
a warrant officer on a warship, or a petty officer on a merchant vessel, in charge of rigging, anchors, cables, etc.
Category: Nautical, Military, Navy
Origin of boatswain:
1400–50; late ME boteswayn; see boat,swain
boatswain, bos'n, bo's'n, bosun, bo'sun(noun)
a petty officer on a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen
The officer (or warrant officer) in charge of sails, rigging, anchors, cables etc. and all work on deck of a sailing ship.
The petty officer of a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen.
an officer who has charge of the boats, sails, rigging, colors, anchors, cables, cordage, etc., of a ship, and who also summons the crew, and performs other duties
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A boatswain, bo's'n, bos'n, or bosun, is the senior crewman of the deck department and is responsible for the components of a ship's hull. The boatswain supervises the other members of the ship's deck department, and typically is not a watchstander, except on vessels with small crews. Other duties vary depending on the type of ship, her crewing, and other factors.
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