boatswain boatswain  /ˈboʊt sweɪn/


  • (n) a petty officer on a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen



  1. The boatswain solemnly dispatched Brown to cut it.
  2. After serving as warrant officers for six years, boatswains, gunners, carpenters, and machinists may be commissioned chief boatswain, chief gunner, etc.
  3. Brooding because the boatswain had taken his bedroom slippers, the ship's lookout fell 40 ft.


  • CGMC gets new leader

    MICHIGAN CITY — Chief Boatswain Mate Josh Janney took control as Officer in Charge of the Coast Guard Michigan City (CGMC) Station at the Change of Command ceremony held on Friday at Millennium Plaza.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: The Michigan City News-Dispatch

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  • Thoreau wrote that "there are few things more disheartening and disgusting than:to hear a preacher shouting like a boatswain in a gale of wind, and thus harshly profaning the quiet atmosphere of the day."
    on Jan 21, 2009 By: Henry David Thoreau Source: Forbes

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