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Synonyms for boatswain

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

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Among them are master-at-arms (MA), gunner's mate (GM), engineman (EN), boat-swain's mate (BM), damage controlman (DC), intelligence specialist (IS), hospital corpsman (HM); and the list grows as the mission evolves.
"If there were ever a place in New York to find such items as an artificial horizon, beam compass, hand cast brass ship bells with iron cast clappers, books, charts, boat-swains' whistles, maps and foghorns, it is New York Nautical," explains Ms.