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boatswain

, bosun, bo's'n
a petty officer on a merchant ship or a warrant officer on a warship who is responsible for the maintenance of the ship and its equipment

Boatswain

Byron’s favorite dog. [Br. Hist.: Harvey, 239]
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The Eleanor continued to fire signals from time to time for two days, and then sailed; concluding, no doubt, that the boatswain had deserted.
By degrees he rose to the rank of a chief, espoused one of the beauties of the island, and became habituated and reconciled to his new way of life; thinking it better, perhaps, to rule among savages than serve among white men; to be a feathered chief than a tarpaulin boatswain.
The boatswain made another step, and Dag Daughtry glared a threat at him.
However, the storm was so violent that I saw, what is not often seen, the master, the boatswain, and some others more sensible than the rest, at their prayers, and expecting every moment when the ship would go to the bottom.
20th of February in the evening late, when the mate, having the watch, came into the round-house and told us he saw a flash of fire, and heard a gun fired; and while he was telling us of it, a boy came in and told us the boatswain heard another.
By the time we got half way to Tenerife, our third lieutenant having the fournoon watch on deck, he called the boatswains mate to know why both watches were not on deck, and called them aft and ordered the boatswains mate to thrash them all round, one by one, and informed them that he would soon have them south of the Line and he would then work their hides up.
The knowledge and experience I've obtained from this exercise has been extremely helpful," agreed Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Emphraim Lee.
When her 30-year-old husband, Aviation Boatswains Mate Kevin Jasey, shipped out aboard the USS Tarawa from the San Diego Naval Base in January, he left his 29-year-old wife and three children--Eldaliz, 4, Keyon, 1, and Kianna, 2.
Boatswains are experienced deckhands with supervisory responsibilities.