first mate


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first mate

n.
An officer on a merchant ship ranking immediately below the captain.

first mate

n
(Nautical Terms) an officer second in command to the captain of a merchant ship. Also called: first officer

first′ mate′


n.
the officer of a merchant vessel ranking next below the captain. Also called first officer , mate.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.first mate - the officer below the master on a commercial shipfirst mate - the officer below the master on a commercial ship
ship's officer, officer - a person authorized to serve in a position of authority on a vessel; "he is the officer in charge of the ship's engines"
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She's never been promiscuous like some of these girls -- a captain or a first mate, yes, but she's never been touched by a native.
I saw Strickland was thinking of it, so I said to him: 'I've given her good wages and she's saved them, and the captains and the first mates she's known have given her a little something now and then.
I was first mate, I was, old Flint's first mate, and I'm the on'y one as knows the place.
my name is Davenport, and this is my first mate, Mr.
Captain Davenport glanced questioningly at his first mate, and that person merely shrugged his shoulders in token of his helplessness.
Two sailors were washing down the decks of the Fuwalda, the first mate was on duty, and the captain had stopped to speak with John Clayton and Lady Alice.
On the second day after the wounding of Black Michael, Clayton came on deck just in time to see the limp body of one of the crew being carried below by four of his fellows while the first mate, a heavy belaying pin in his hand, stood glowering at the little party of sullen sailors.
First mate angry, said it was folly, and to yield to such foolish ideas would demoralise the men, said he would engage to keep them out of trouble with the handspike.
On the 14th, the first mate died at his post, and was swept off by the surges.
Here it was that the Ithaca came to anchor in a little harbor, while her crew under von Horn, and the Malay first mate, Bududreen, accompanied Professor Maxon in search of a suitable location for a permanent camp.
There only remained the first mate, who was a bold and active man.
The good looks of the latter won the affection of the first mate of the vessel; and, shortly after entering the port, she became his wife.