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Boatswain

The officer who has charge of the boats, sails, rigging, anchors, cordage, cables, and colours. Swain is the Saxon swein (a boy, servant), Swedish sven. Hence, a shepherd is a swain, and a sweetheart is a woman's servant or swain.

Boatswain.
The name of Byron's favourite dog, buried in Newstead Abbey garden.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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