Terms & Glossaries of Shipping and Trading

Boatswain (or Bosun)

Boatswain is a non-commissioned officer responsible for the sails.

What is Boatswain (or Bosun)?

A boatswain, bo's'n, bos'n, or bosun, also known as a petty officer, deck boss, or a qualified member of the deck department, is the most senior rate of the deck department and is responsible for the components of a ship's hull.