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Coxswain vs. Helmsman — What's the Difference?

Coxswain vs. Helmsman — What's the Difference?

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Coxswain

The coxswain ( KOK-sən) is the person in charge of a boat, particularly its navigation and steering. The etymology of the word gives a literal meaning of "boat servant" since it comes from cock, a cockboat or other small vessel kept aboard a ship, and swain, an Old English term derived from the Old Norse sveinn meaning boy or servant.
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Helmsman

A helmsman or helm is a person who steers a ship, sailboat, submarine, other type of maritime vessel, or spacecraft. The rank and seniority of the helmsman may vary: on small vessels such as fishing vessels and yachts, the functions of the helmsman are combined with that of the skipper; on larger vessels, there is a separate officer of the watch who is responsible for the safe navigation of the ship and gives orders to the helmsman, who physically steers the ship in accordance with those orders.
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Coxswain

The person who steers a ship's boat, racing boat, or other boat.
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Helmsman

A person who steers a ship or boat.
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Coxswain

A person who usually steers a ship's boat and has charge of its crew.
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Helmsman

A man who steers a ship.
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Coxswain

A person in a racing shell who usually directs the rest of the crew.
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Helmsman

(nautical) A member of a ship's crew who is responsible for steering.
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Coxswain

To act as coxswain or serve as coxswain for.
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Helmsman

(figuratively) A leader.
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Coxswain

In a ship's boat, the helmsman given charge of the boat's crew.
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Helmsman

The man at the helm; a steersman.
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Coxswain

(rowing) The member of a crew who steers the shell and coordinates the power and rhythm of the rowers.
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Helmsman

The person who steers a ship
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Coxswain

(archaic) The second or third mate of a vessel, in charge of the master's barge.
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Coxswain

(naval) A rank or position.
Canadian Navy Coxswain (or Capitaine d'Armes) is the senior non-commissioned officer aboard a ship
British Royal Navy Cadets Cadet Coxswain is the highest normal rank which may be achieved.
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Coxswain

To act as coxswain for.
To coxswain for a college rowing team
To coxswain a boat
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Coxswain

See Cockswain.
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Coxswain

The helmsman of a ship's boat or a racing crew
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