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Frank Scott
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    Looked up on-line Oxford English Dictionary, no ref to Boatswain’s Chair prior to 1878, but for Boatswain’s Cradle there are two interesting refs:
    • 1861: A means of escape to the crew and passengers .. is open to all with the most perfect safety by a boatswain’s cradle, basket, or slung cask, being attached to the hawser. [Shipwrecked Mariner January, 102]
    • 1938: This is the machine that was used to pull visitors up in a boatswain’s cradle from the year 1600 until the British occupation of Egypt. [H. V. Morton, Through Lands of Bible ix. 305]