second mate


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second mate

n
(Nautical Terms) the next in command of a merchant vessel after the first mate. Also called: second officer

sec′ond mate′


n.
the officer of a merchant vessel next in command beneath the first mate. Also called sec′ond of′ficer.
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My second mate was a round-cheeked, silent young man, grave beyond his years, I thought; but as our eyes happened to meet I detected a slight quiver on his lips.
That's so," confirmed the second mate, suddenly, in his slightly hoarse voice.
Katherine's Dock House a full-fledged second mate after the hottest time of his life with Captain R-, the most dreaded of the three seamanship Examiners who at the time were responsible for the merchant service officers qualifying in the Port of London.
He explained that his second mate had been working on board all the morning.
The second mate was marching to and fro on the bridge, tripping down with small steps one moment, and the next climbing with difficulty the shifting slope of the deck.
Second mate volunteered to steer and watch, and let men snatch a few hours sleep.
He's got two of the warders and Mereer, the second mate, and he'd get the captain himself, if he thought him worth it.
Second mate for the first time--a really responsible officer
Barely with two years' sea experience before the mast, he was taken from the forecastle and made a provisional second mate.
In the way of compliment there is nothing to beat this from a ship's captain to his second mate at the end of a voyage, when the work is over and the subordinate is done with.
Didn't I sail in as a youngster, second mate on the brig Berncastle, into Hakodate, pumping double watches to keep afloat just because a whale took a smash at us?
They were nearly all whalemen; chief mates, and second mates, and third mates, and sea carpenters, and sea coopers, and sea blacksmiths, and harpooneers, and ship keepers; a brown and brawny company, with bosky beards; an unshorn, shaggy set, all wearing monkey jackets for morning gowns.