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- n. Alternative spelling of coxswain.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The steersman of a boat; a petty officer who has charge of a boat and its crew.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The person who steers a boat; a person on board of a ship who has the care of a boat and its crew under an officer.
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The spelling "cockswain" is standard for this text.
When Long-Tom Coffin goes down with his ship, the entire crew mourns the loss of their beloved cockswain, but none with more feeling than his commander.
‘Shove her off!’ cries the cockswain, who looks as easy and comfortable as if he were steering in the
Let us slacken sail, my dears, as we have brought no cockswain.
His strong able-bodied cockswain did good service in cheerfully carrying his much-loved Commander, and they managed to return to the boat, and brought the two bereaved and sorrow-stricken ladies back to the “Pioneer.”
The boys instantly obeyed; but being closely pursued by the natives, the cockswain of the pinnace, to whom the charge of the boats was committed, fired a musket over their heads.
The seaman who was addressed by this dire appellation arose slowly from the place where he was stationed as cockswain of the boat, and seemed to ascend high in air by the gradual evolution of numberless folds in his body.
The boat was manned by six sailors and a cockswain.
The sailors who had formed the boat's crew were sauntering about along the banks of the river; and the cockswain, who generally on such excursions as the present performed the part of cook, was seated on a piece of rock which projected into the bubbling stream, busily occupied in the preparation of dinner.
"The pilot says, my Lord, that she is so, and looking for her husband," the cockswain answered.