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COXSWAIN THE ORIGIN

Wednesday February 10th, 2010
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Today a coxswain refers to the helmsman of any boat but this wasn’t always the case. The name dates back to at least 1463 and was originally ‘cockswain’. It meant the first swain (servant boy) in charge of the small cockboat (or cock) that was used to row the captain to and from toe ship.
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