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n. pl. su·per·car·goes or su·per·car·gos
An officer on a merchant ship who has charge of the cargo and its sale and purchase.

[Alteration (influenced by super-) of supracargo, alteration (influenced by supra-) of Spanish sobrecargo : sobre-, over (from Latin super-; see super-) + cargo, cargo; see cargo.]


n, pl -goes
(Nautical Terms) an officer on a merchant ship who supervises commercial matters and is in charge of the cargo
[C17: changed from Spanish sobrecargo, from sobre over (from Latin super) + cargo cargo]


(ˌsu pərˈkɑr goʊ, ˈsu pərˌkɑr-)

n., pl. -goes, -gos.
a merchant-ship officer who is in charge of the cargo and the commercial concerns of the voyage.
[1690–1700; < Sp sobrecargo, with sobre- over (< Latin super) Latinized; see cargo]


Personnel that accompany cargo on board a ship for the purpose of accomplishing en route maintenance and security.
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Noun1.supercargo - an officer on a merchant ship in charge of the cargo and its sale and purchase
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"


[ˈsuːpəˌkɑːgəʊ] Nsobrecargo m
References in classic literature ?
And I saw to it that my supercargoes did see to it.
Isaac Slocum Smith (1792-1860) was born into a very large New Bedford, Massachusetts, Quaker family with ties to the shipping industry; he followed his older brother Stephen to New York, where they became supercargoes for Quaker merchants sending wares to England, France, and Spain.
Intensive planning and coordination between Blue Water's offices in Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney ensure a smooth execution of the interfaces such as port handling, loading/discharging, storage and trucking that are thoroughly controlled by trained project managers, supercargoes, transport engineers and chartering and operational staff.