Boatswain
Department of National Defense
Ottawa, Canada
5d ago

Overview

Boatswains are the seamanship specialists of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). They are responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of the ship’s rigging, shipboard cargo handling equipment, boats and small craft.

The range of their responsibilities and supervisory duties is wider than in most other seagoing occupations. Their primary responsibilities are to :

  • Operate and maintain shipboard equipment associated with cargo handling and inter-ship transfers of personnel, fuel, and materiel while at sea
  • Operate and maintain the ship’s equipment for such tasks as anchoring, towing, launching and recovering boats, and surface rescue operations
  • Operate and navigate small craft in all waters
  • Perform required tasks with ship’s rigging and lifesaving equipment
  • Organize the storage, training, and use of small arms, demolitions and ammunition
  • Plan, organize and conduct drill and ceremonies
  • Assist and supervise deck crews in maintaining the ship and its equipment
  • Coordinate watch keeping duties at sea and in harbour
  • Work environment

    The Boatswain is truly the professional sailor, experiencing the unique adventures and challenges that come with work at sea, such as open deck surfaces and a rotating shift or watch system.

    Ashore, Boatswains normally work as instructors training other naval personnel. Junior Boatswains spend time working outside their occupation performing general duties such as cleaning, painting, working in the cafeteria, standing sentry duty, storing the ship, and acting as members of the Naval Boarding Party.

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