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bosun \bosun\ n. a petty officer on a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen; a contraction of boatswain. [Also spelled bo'sun.]

Syn: boatswain, bos'n, bo's'n, bo'sun, boson.


n. (alternative form of bosun English)


n. a petty officer on a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen [syn: boatswain, bos'n, bo's'n, bosun]

Usage examples of "bo'sun".

Two powerful arms around their shoulders bore them to the deck, for the Focke-Wulf had reached the San Andreas before the bombs did and the Bo'sun was well aware that the Focke-Wulf carried a fairly lethal array of machine guns which it did not hesitate to use when the occasion demanded.

The Bo'sun turned the lifeboat back to the San Andreas and touched the commander gently on the shoulder.

A bo'sun himself on his two previous ships, he had elected to sail on the San Andreas simply because of the mutual regard that he and McKinnon shared.

At 9,300 tons it was not a small vessel and the Bo'sun had had engine revolutions reduced until the ship had barely steerage way on, but still she was in trouble and the causes for this lay neither in the size of the ship, nor the size of the seas, for normally the San Andreas could have ridden out the storm without much difficulty.

The visibility out over the now almost calm seas was remarkable, so much so that he had no difficulty in picking out the line of the horizon: and if he could see the horizon, the Bo'sun all too clearly realized, then a submarine could pick them up ten miles away, especially if the San Andreas were silhouetted against the light of the moon.

The Bo'sun arrived on the bridge, a bridge now over-illuminated with two garish arc lamps, to find Ferguson and Curran already there, with enough plywood of various shapes and sizes to build a modest hut.

Captain Bowen regarded the Bo'sun - as indeed many other captains regarded their Bo'suns - as the most important crew member aboard.

As they were pulling away, the Admiral waving to them from the taffrail, they heard the shrill whistle of the bo'sun piping the hands to their stations, and before they had reached the Cinco Llagas, they beheld the Encarnacion go about under sail.

Several fathoms of the sea-anchor were already stretched out tautly over the bow, and the bo'sun had just finished stabbing the attached oil-bag with his gully knife.

Then passing the loop round his waist the bo'sun leapt overboard, made a hitch round the still floundering Greek and shouted to the men to haul away roundly.

But that bullnecked bo'sun tried to throw me on a liferaft, so I hung one on his kisser, something I'd been itching to do.

The Bo'sun went directly to a small wooden cupboard on the bulkhead, produced his knife, opened up the marlin spike and inserted its point just below the cupboard lock.

A rather awkward moment had arisen when Captain Andropolous, a burly, dark-bearded and seemingly intemperate character who had been given one of the empty cabins normally reserved for recuperating patients, objected violently and physically to having his quarters searched: McKinnon, who had no Greek, resolved this impasse by pointing his Colt at the Captain's temple, after which, probably realizing that McKinnon wasn't acting for his own amusement, the Captain had been co-operation itself, even to going to the extent of accompanying the Bo'sun and ordering his crew to open up their possessions for scrutiny.

The Bo'sun looked at the stokers and wondered briefly what they were doing on deck, but only very briefly: they were almost certainly doing a seaman's job because there were very few seamen left to do it.