He failed two second mates this morning before your turn came.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?