These were Lt. Jim Galvin and a boatswain 's mate named Stevens.
Take for instance, the boatswain 's mate who needs to put that new coat of paint on the bulkhead.
At 11 in the morning the boatswain 's mate would pipe ‘Up spirits,’ to cue the petty officer of the day to climb to the quarterdeck, where an officer would give him the keys to the spirit room.
Typically, it's a boatswain 's mate or a quartermaster running the ship, while an engineer and one or two seaman line handlers assist in the shipboard operations.
Your captain said there were fifty men aboard, himself not included - his first mate, cook, navigator, purser, boatswain , carpenter, quartermaster, and forty-three sailors.
The boatswain and master of the ship appear to say that it has been magically repaired and that the crew is safe.
Then the lanky, bearded boatswain would take the helm while the captain conned the ship from one bridge wing or the other, with the chief engineer at his elbow
The boatswain tells them that the ship is in fine condition.
Perhaps the boatswain missed the turn-off for Bangkok from the Mekong?
A boatswain 's mate on a ship's forecastle might not be paying attention to the color of the anchor chain paying out of the locker, or turn the friction brake in the wrong direction, with disastrous results.