boatswain's mate

noun

1
: an assistant to the boatswain
2
: a petty officer in the U.S. Navy whose specialty is seamanship and who has supervisory duties in the operation of the deck force and the maintenance of equipment

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“Boatswain's mate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boatswain%27s%20mate. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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