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  • (nautical) The officer (or warrant officer) in charge of sails, rigging, anchors, cables etc. and all work on deck of a sailing ship
  • (nautical) The petty officer of a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Boat"swain (&?;), n. [Boat + swain.] 1. (Naut.) 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.

2. (Zoöl.) (a) The jager gull. (b) The tropic bird.

Boatswain's mate, an assistant of the boatswain.Totten.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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