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

  • In a clutch of sudden deaths, crucial signal lights, lies whitening into truths, loyalties rusting into funk, and rats deserting a sinking bosun, disbelief noses out tension and .
  • Decatur expected his bosun's mate to ask to be an officer.
  • Gable Garson in a bosun-meets-bookworm comedy.

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