Boatswain FAQs:

Q: Was a boatswain until recently the oldest rank in the Royal Navy?

A: Yes, and its origins can be traced back to the year 1040.

Q: Was a boatswain in charge of a ship's anchors?

A: Yes, and cordage, colours, deck crew and the ship's boats.

Q: Is a boatswain also a third or fourth mate?

A: Yes.

Q: Are boatswains able to integrate their seafarer skills into supervising and communicating with members of deck crew with often diverse backgrounds?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a boatswain well versed in the care and handling of lines?

A: Yes, and has knowledge of knots, hitches, bends, whipping, and splices as needed to perform tasks such as mooring a vessel.