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Boatswains' Locker


The boatswains' storage or bosuns' locker, was a rigging locker on the 1st platform deck located all the way forward of the windlass room. This space contained hardware and supplies utilized by the deck department in the maintenance of the ship. Equipment included rope, heaving lines, block and tackle, chain falls and shackles.

This was the domain of the Boatswain's Mates, the sailors who train, direct, and supervise personnel in ship's maintenance duties in all activities relating to marlinespike, deck, boat seamanship, painting, upkeep of ship's external structure. They maintain the rigging, deck equipment, and boats, as well as operate and maintain equipment used in loading and unloading cargo, ammunition, fuel, and general stores. These bosun's mates (as they were more commonly referred) worked with canvas, handled rope, wire and anchor chain, as well as rigged block and tackle for hoisting.

Boatswain's Locker aboard the USS SLATER DE766
Boatswain's Locker aboard the USS SLATER DE766


Historic


Pre-Restoration

Boatswain's locker pre-restoration
Boatswain's locker before restoration

Current

Boatswain's locker after restoration
Boatswain's locker after restoration