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n.1.A captain of a war vessel whose name appeared, or was "posted," in the seniority list of the British navy, as distinguished from a commander whose name was not so posted. The term was also used in the United States navy; but no such commission as post-captain was ever recognized in either service, and the term has fallen into disuse.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Commanded by a naval Post-Captain, the Rattler made a rattling voyage of it, and did some service; how much does not appear.
Post-captains may be very good sort of men, but they do not belong to us.
The top grade of Post-Captain was equal in rank to an Army Colonel.
McLeod created a sample of thirty-six officers who, in the midst of war with France in November 1757, attained the rank of post-captain. Her sample, involving 2,312 letters represented some sixteen per cent of captains still active in the service between 1756 and war's end in 1763.
Although Charles was promoted Post-Captain in 1810 and saw more action thereafter than his brother, neither achieved any real distinction, and Charles's reputation was tarnished, through no fault of his own, by an incompetent local pilot causing the wreck of his frigate off the coast of Turkey in 1816.
At the same time, Francis, who had been promoted to Post-Captain in 1800, was serving ashore, but as he was in Kent courting the woman who became his first wife, the Austen family may have considered Francis well-placed where he was.
In May 1810 Charles was promoted Post-Captain and became Flag Captain to Admiral Sir John Warren in the 74-gun H.M.S.
THE ISLAND: This is the fastest-growing Greek island, post-Captain Corelli.
He does not duck issues such as the vital importance of 'interest' in managing Nelson's early career, and in making it possible for him to be promoted all the way through to Post-Captain at the earliest possible opportunity.
There were also a couple of score novels by participants (John Davis' The Post-Captain of 1806 was the model for authors like Frederick Marryat, Edward Howard and Frederick Chamier whose naval yarns were a staple of young people's literature later in the nineteenth century) and a quantity of verse, some of it by combatants, nearly all of it deathly rather than deathless.

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