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    I have come to the conclusion that the 1571 incident definitely does not describe a boatswain’s chair, though it does describe an actual chair, which was suspended from a rope.
    https://www.google.com/books/edition/A_Cruising_Voyage_Round_the_World/e1GmdIw7fpgC
    It was originally written in old Italian;
    “posto sopra una sedia d’appoggio, fatta cicogna l’inalzarono sopra l’antenna d’una Galera”
    which I think translates to:
    “placed on a support chair, made a stork they raised him above the antenna of a galley”

    “Stork” I think means crane, though it is hard to know with that one. But “sedia d’appoggio” specifically means a chair that provides back or arm support. Like a normal chair with a backrest. It does not seem to mean “suspended chair”, and does not ever seem to have meant that. It refers to the type of armchair you might use to sit in your living room.