boatswain

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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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The bo'sun and the carpenter came the voyage after.
What difference it could have made to the bo'sun and the carpenter Powell could not very well understand.
These were applied by bo'suns (boatswains - junior officers) to keep crews in order.
Comitres, bo'suns or mates, want forced men rather than free, because they can be lashed at will.