Terms & Glossaries of Shipping and Trading

Bunting Tosser

Bunting Tosser is a signalman who prepares and flies flag hoists. He is also known in the American Navy as a skivvy waver.

What is Bunting Tosser?

'Bunting Tosser' or 'Bunts' is an informal term used in the Royal Navy to describe the sailors who hoist signal flags. Although dating from the period of signalling by flags, it has survived as a general term for naval signallers. Wireless operators may also be termed 'sparkers'.