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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #25 on: August 06, 2007, 21:20:12 »
Are you reg or reserve?  I know of a couple bosns on the site here, I'll send them the link to your post and maybe they can help you out a bit.  I've worked with bosns and could give you a basic idea of what you do, day to day.  But I'll hold off on that for now, and see if some deckapes show up first.  :D
So I'll raise a glass, not the first nor last, Come join me in this toast...Because the old black rum's got a hold on me ~ Great Big Sea

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #26 on: August 06, 2007, 21:37:50 »
I will be finishing my BMQ in November and from there on i continue to be trained as a Boatswain. I'm really looking forward to all of this. I've learned alot of what the Bosn does and what the training is like.
I would appreciate any info about the BOSN training or any info at all from fellow Boatswains themselves.
There really isn't a whole lot out there about this job.

Thanks to whoever responds.

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #27 on: August 06, 2007, 21:43:21 »
Hahaha deck apes , i love the idea of that. I also heard somewhere i'm going to be paid in bananas.
I have been accepted with the reg force.

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #28 on: August 06, 2007, 22:46:13 »
Papa 211, next thing on your plate is 13 weeks of Basic Military Qualification in St Jean Quebec. Then it is off to Fleet School Esquimalt for NETP (makes you safe to go to sea). Once your done that its your QL3 course (in Esquimalt) in which you will learn all you need to know as an apprentice Boatswain. Then you will be posted to the West or East Coast (as the CM sees fit) for employment. After your QL5 you will be able to choose your Home Port Division, where you will stay until (in most cases) the end of your career.

Word to the wise. We on the West Coast in general and at Sea Div in particular have taken a very dim view of the shenanigans that have gone on over the last couple of years. We have gone hard over with charges, placing folks in cells and sending them to Edmonton for further education.
When you arrive at Nelles Block (Accommodation) you may find some of the rules draconian but that is a result of the actions of a few that have resulted in pain for the many.

So my advice to you is keep your nose clean, show up to work on time in the proper rig, get wasted Friday or Saturday night (unless you have weekend duty) only and keep an eye on your wingers. Follow these simple rules and you'll have a great time as a Bosn.

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #29 on: August 07, 2007, 00:03:27 »
Papa 211, next thing on your plate is 13 weeks of Basic Military Qualification in St Jean Quebec. Then it is off to Fleet School Esquimalt for NETP (makes you safe to go to sea). Once your done that its your QL3 course (in Esquimalt) in which you will learn all you need to know as an apprentice Boatswain. Then you will be posted to the West or East Coast (as the CM sees fit) for employment. After your QL5 you will be able to choose your Home Port Division, where you will stay until (in most cases) the end of your career.

Word to the wise. We on the West Coast in general and at Sea Div in particular have taken a very dim view of the shenanigans that have gone on over the last couple of years. We have gone hard over with charges, placing folks in cells and sending them to Edmonton for further education.
When you arrive at Nelles Block (Accommodation) you may find some of the rules draconian but that is a result of the actions of a few that have resulted in pain for the many.

So my advice to you is keep your nose clean, show up to work on time in the proper rig, get wasted Friday or Saturday night (unless you have weekend duty) only and keep an eye on your wingers. Follow these simple rules and you'll have a great time as a Bosn.

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #30 on: August 10, 2007, 13:42:31 »
Someone must know a little something of a typical BOSN day , or what the training actually teaches you.

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #31 on: August 10, 2007, 13:45:55 »
or what the training actually teaches you.

I'm going to guess they teach you  Navy stuff and how to be a BOSN......but thats just a guess


I dont know if we have anyone in the trade on the site so you might have to  wait a bit for a detailed answer

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #32 on: August 10, 2007, 15:51:12 »
Sea Div will teach you this:

Rope work- more in depth knowledge of knots and their uses
Rig upper deck equipment- how to erect awnings, deploy accommodation ladders and jumping ladders, maintaining upper decks
Lifting appliances-cranes and davits
Hand Sewing- learn how to operate and maintain a heavy duty sewing machine
Fire Small Arms- Sig Sauer, C7, C6,C7, C8, C9 .50 Cal HMG, LTG (line throwing gun)
Ships Boats- operating and navigating small boats
RAS- learn how to work in the dump (gear and stores handling area) during a replenishment at sea
Demolitions-learn how to rig and set a basic demolitions charge
Seamanship - learn how to rig the equipment for towing, mooring, and anchoring


When you are posted to a ship and you are alongside your typical day will start at 0750 and end at 1600. You will conduct daily cleaning stations, departmental maintenance and what ever job the Buffer and DeckO will think up for you.
At sea you will be on a 1 in 2 watch rotation and you will do the same as above and in addition you will stand watch on the bridge wings, lifebuoy sentry, helmsman and Boatswain mate. You'll fire the .50 cal, maybe be a member of the NBP, be a worker bee for RAS, Seamanship, Rigging of equipment and what ever other job the Buffer will think up for you.

On top of this you will have to learn the entire layout and arrangement of the ship you are on and learn an entire new language.

Have fun and I hope this helps.

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #33 on: August 10, 2007, 16:58:08 »
I dont know if we have anyone in the trade on the site so you might have to  wait a bit for a detailed answer

There are 2 that I know of on here, and I sent them each a PM with the link to this thread when it was first started.  If they respond, they should be able to put into more detail what FSTO has posted.  But he has said it all fairly clearly to get started.
So I'll raise a glass, not the first nor last, Come join me in this toast...Because the old black rum's got a hold on me ~ Great Big Sea

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #34 on: August 13, 2007, 00:05:18 »
Thanks very much FSTO it sounds like i'm going to enjoy it all very much. :cdn:

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #35 on: August 13, 2007, 01:52:11 »
and don't forget foreign ports, they were the best part of my time in the navy. And for what its worth, the rules at Nelles are draconian, even more so than Wainright or Kingston were (10 years ago) at least in Kingston a guy could have a beer in his room after a hard day on course. That said some guy done peter panned out the window on the third deck of Nelles hammered one night while having a smoke, of course I'm not sure how prohibiting drinking in the shacks had much to do with that. He started about noon at the Tudor house. (funny so do a bunch of BOSUN's I know) That said you do your 3's get to a boat and have a blast, when you stop having fun it's time to change trades as I did, or find something to get happy about again. (for what its worth I was a NavComm)

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #36 on: August 13, 2007, 12:07:27 »
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its a joke  ;D

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #37 on: August 13, 2007, 13:14:17 »
I find it funny

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #38 on: August 04, 2008, 14:07:23 »
Would like to know more information on trainning or day to day routine. The day to day routine does differ if you are at sea or alongside. Please let me know and i will add my excellent years of experience to this thread...lol...

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #39 on: August 04, 2008, 23:58:38 »
Would like to know more information on trainning or day to day routine. The day to day routine does differ if you are at sea or alongside. Please let me know and i will add my excellent years of experience to this thread...lol...

I am a little lost here, are you asking if he wants more information?  Or do you want more information?

This is what happens when a BOSUN uses the Internet machine.   ;D

See reply #4 if you want some information on the daily grind. 


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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #40 on: August 05, 2008, 11:02:58 »
Dolphin hunter, you got to do better then that...lol... i was confussed(happens all the time) so i was asking what he wanted...lol

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #41 on: August 14, 2008, 17:39:20 »
Everything you've wanted to ask the Buffer, but are scared to ask.
CBM :cdn:

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #42 on: August 14, 2008, 18:03:04 »
Everything you've wanted to ask the Buffer, but are scared to ask.
CBM :cdn:

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #43 on: August 14, 2008, 18:12:20 »
As a mbr with no sea legs, and for the benefit of all non sea-going folks like me, can you explain who/what the buffer is/does, and where the name comes from?  My knowledge ends with "part of the Deck Dept".   ;D
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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #44 on: August 14, 2008, 18:37:46 »
As a mbr with no sea legs, and for the benefit of all non sea-going folks like me, can you explain who/what the buffer is/does, and where the name comes from?  My knowledge ends with "part of the Deck Dept".   ;D
The Buffer is the Chief Bos'n Mate (CBM), typically one of the senior NCM's in the ship.  Oversees all deck activities such as towing, anchoring, replenishment, boat work, etc. At least on a minor warship, would coordinate the watch on deck and supervise cleaning stations and ship's husbandry. On the MWS, we do a lot of deck activity and so the Buffer is a key member of the crew and frequently very busy. I really have no idea where the name was derived from. I'll leave that to other more learned members.

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #45 on: August 14, 2008, 18:51:16 »
Typically a P1 billet?
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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #46 on: August 14, 2008, 19:19:38 »
The Buffer is typically a CPO2 on a major warship and can be a MS on a minor war vessel.

The Buffer is a slang term for Chief Boatswains Mate CBM
The term Buffer came from the old days when the Buffer was considered the Buffer between the Officers (Command) and the crew (NCM's)

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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #47 on: August 14, 2008, 19:21:40 »
Can be an MS, but the billet is actually for a P2.  The MS billet in a Minor War Vessel (at least in the MCDVs) is usually for the Chief Quartermaster.
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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #48 on: August 14, 2008, 19:35:34 »
Ahh the Buffer. 

So I was working scullery on the Iroquois in the CPO's mess, doing dishes and stuff.  Well the cooks at that time were calling their MCpl the "Buffer", as some sort of departmental thing.  They were carrying on in the galley, when one shouts to another "He wants us to do what? You can tell the Buffer to go F _ _ k himself!"  (they were joking around) 

As we all know timing is everything, just so happens that the real Buffer was dropping off his dirty dishes at that exact moment, the look on his face was priceless, the look on the cooks face as he looked over at us was even better.  All the Buffer said "What were you going to tell me?"

That CPO2 was quite relaxed and in a good mood, so he laughed it off.   Needless to say the loud smack talk about the Buffer pretty much disappeared after that.




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Re: Boatswain (BOSN)
« Reply #49 on: August 14, 2008, 20:09:05 »
what the buffer is

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