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(naval) A rank or position.
Middle English cokswaynne cok cockboat cockboat swain servant swain
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
cock a boat + swain; hence, the master of a boat.
Joining the Royal Naval Patrol Service in the Second World War, he became a coxswain in Minor Personnel Landing Craft.
Pairs and fours may or may not have a coxswain.
Charlie Hubbard Charlie is the second coxswain, which means he takes command in Peter's absence.
No junior coxswain shall be elected until the written consent of his parent or guardian has first been obtained.
March 2005 ALB navigator and ILB helm Peter Everard passed out in March to be deputy second coxswain on the ALB.
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