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first mate

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

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


n.
the officer of a merchant vessel ranking next below the captain. Also called first officer , mate.
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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 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.
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.
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.
My first mate's berth on the sealing grounds stood me in good stead, and I cleared the inner cove and laid a long tack along the shore of the outer cove.
And thinking the hap-hazard line would get loose, or the tooth it was tangled to might draw (for I have a devil of a boat's crew for a pull on a whale-line); seeing all this, I say, I jumped into my first mate's boat --Mr.
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.
"He ain't got distangy manners, dammy," Bragg observed to his first mate; "he wouldn't do at Government House, Roper, where his Lordship and Lady William was as kind to me, and shook hands with me before the whole company, and asking me at dinner to take beer with him, before the Commander-in-Chief himself; he ain't got manners, but there's something about him--" And thus Captain Bragg showed that he possessed discrimination as a man, as well as ability as a commander.
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.