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chief mate

noun, Nautical.
Also called chief officer.
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  • Just as the sun rose, the captain and chief-mate made their appearance on deck.

    Afloat And Ashore James Fenimore Cooper
  • Marble insisted on taking Talcott's place, and he now became my chief-mate, as I had once been his.

    Afloat And Ashore James Fenimore Cooper
  • There was a good deal of discussion about this vessel, as she drew near, between Captain Digges and his chief-mate.

    Afloat And Ashore James Fenimore Cooper
  • Mr Bryce, the chief-mate of the Flying Cloud, was one of those unfortunate men who are always more or less in an ill humour.

    The Missing Merchantman Harry Collingwood
  • "Yes," rejoined a Guernsey-man from the bulwarks, who turned out to be the chief-mate.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • “Sounds as though there was something wrong aboard the barque yonder, sir,” reported one of the men to the chief-mate.

    The Missing Merchantman Harry Collingwood
  • The chief-mate then told me to go below and turn up all hands, making as little rumpus about it as possible.

    Afloat And Ashore James Fenimore Cooper
  • A strong gang was now sent on board the barque, with the chief-mate in command; and the pumps were at once manned.

    The Missing Merchantman Harry Collingwood
  • The master and chief-mate of the American brig agreed to act under him, and to assist in carrying la Dame across the ocean.

    Afloat And Ashore James Fenimore Cooper
  • And, to cheer me up still more, I sees the little Lily coming back to look for her chief-mate.

    For Treasure Bound Harry Collingwood

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