CREW PROFILE➖The Bosuns
Have you met our 2018 Bosuns? Introducing: Saidy (Pacific Swift) and Phoebe (Pacific Grace)!
S A I D Y
This is Saidy’s third season as professional crew with SALTS and her first year as a Bosun. When she’s not sailing, Saidy loves encouraging her friends to run marathons, growing her own food, and skiing in all the powder she can find.
P H O E B E
Phoebe has over three years of Bosun experience both here in Canada and in England. She LOVES being outdoors. It doesn’t matter if she’s reading, hiking, eating, sailing, or teaching trainees, as long as Phoebe is outside, she couldn’t be happier!
What’s a Bosun (or Boatswain)? At SALTS the Bosun is the ship’s mechanic and is responsible for maintenance and repair of the vessel, including hull, rigging, sails, brightwork, and mechanical systems. Our Bosuns also supervise a “watch”—a group of 8-10 trainees. •
The term Bosun isn’t specific to SALTS, it actually originated over 500 years ago in Medieval England. Traditionally, Bosuns gave commands with a high pitched whistle that could be heard over storms and battles. The SALTS Bosuns still pipe for meals and anchor drops!•
We can also thank our Bosun friends for at least two popular sayings. The first sailors to get to the galley after the Bosun’s “dinner is served” call were sure to get their food “piping hot.” The call to go below deck (and be quiet) was…you guessed it…“pipe down.” •
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