Cabin boy

A Cabin boy or ship's boy is a boy (in the sense of low-ranking male employee, not always a minor) who waits on the officers and passengers of a ship, ["Concise Oxford Dictionary", Oxford University Press 1999, entry "Cabin boy"] especially running errands for the captain.

In the famous trial of "Regina v. Dudley & Stephens" (1884) 14 QBD 273 DC, two sailors and a cabin boy were shipwrecked and cast adrift in a small boat without provisions. To save themselves, the sailors killed and ate the cabin boy. They were later convicted of murder, despite their claimed defense of necessity. [Simpson, A. W. B. (1984). "Cannibalism and the Common Law: The Story of the Tragic Last Voyage of the Mignonette and the Strange Legal Proceedings to Which It Gave Rise". Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226759425. ]

Popular Culture

* "Cabin Boy", a 1994 film
* "Captain Pugwash", a British television children's animated series about a hapless Captain and his crew; Tom, the cabin boy, is depicted as the most intelligent member of the crew.
* "Treasure Island", where the main character Jim serves as a cabin boy on the boarding of the ship the "Hispaniola".


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  • Cabin Boy — est un film américain réalisé par Adam Resnick, sorti en 1994. Sommaire 1 Synopsis 2 Fiche technique 3 Distribution 4 Lien externe …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Cabin boy — Cabin Cab in (k[a^]b [i^]n), n. [OF. caban, fr. W. caban booth, cabin, dim. of cab cot, tent; or fr. F. cabane, cabine, LL. cabanna, perh. from the Celtic.] 1. A cottage or small house; a hut. Swift. [1913 Webster] A hunting cabin in the west. E …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cabin boy — cabin ,boy noun count a boy who worked on a ship as a servant in the past …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cabin boy — n. a boy whose work is to serve and run errands for the officers and passengers aboard a ship …   English World dictionary

  • cabin boy — n a young man who works as a servant on a ship …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Cabin Boy — Infobox Film name = Cabin Boy caption = Theatrical release poster director = Adam Resnick producer = Barry Bernardi (Executive Producer) Tim Burton (Producer) Denise Di Novi (Producer) Steve White (Executive Producer) writer = Story: Chris… …   Wikipedia

  • cabin boy — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms cabin boy : singular cabin boy plural cabin boys a boy who worked on a ship as a servant in the past …   English dictionary

  • cabin-boy — cabˈin boy noun A boy who waits on the officers or cabin passengers of a ship • • • Main Entry: ↑cabin …   Useful english dictionary

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  • cabin boy — cab′in boy n. a boy employed as a servant on a ship • Etymology: 1720–30 …   From formal English to slang

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