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Boatswain or bosun may refer to:
- Boatswain, a seaman's occupation and/or rank
- Boatswain's mate (United States Navy), a job classification in the United States Navy
- Boatswain's mate (United States Coast Guard), a job classification in the United States Coast Guard
- Boatswain is a position on yacht racing crews
- Boatswain, the highest petty officer in Sea Scouting
- Boatswain (bird), any species of gull of the genus Stercorarius
- Boatswain Bird Island, a small uninhabited island and nature reserve home to many endemic species of bird off the coast of Ascension Island
- Bosun, the NATO reporting name for the Soviet Tupolev Tu-14 bomber
- Bosun (dinghy) a type of sailing dinghy
- Bosun's chair, a type of harness that allows a crewmember to climb into the rigging and work safely on the sails, halyards, or other rigging
- Boatswain's call, a pipe or whistle used to issue commands onboard ship.
- The arts
- The Boatswain, a minor character in Shakespeare's The Tempest
- Boatswain, a Newfoundland dog kept by Lord Byron, who honored him by the poem "Epitaph to a Dog"
- Quinton Boatswain (born 1990), Montserratian cricketer
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