- a warrant officer on a warship, or a petty officer on a merchant vessel, in charge of rigging, anchors, cables, etc.
Origin of boatswain
Examples from the Web for boatswain
Historical Examples of boatswain
"He's hurt in the arm, sir, and he's gone below," said the boatswain.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
There was a regular hard horse of a boatswain's-mate with us, of the name of McNally.
He then ordered the boatswain to call all hands aft, to the break of the quarter-deck.
I dare not do it, Boatswain; it's more than my life is worth.
You seem to be converted to that belief, for you have a brace of them, as the Boatswain says.
bosun or 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