second mate

noun
the officer of a merchant vessel next in command beneath the first mate.
Also called second officer.
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second mate
 
n
Also called: second officer the next in command of a merchant vessel after the first mate

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Example sentences
So it is worth leaving only if you can find a second mate, and then raise a
  second brood.
Still, that possible second mate means attempting not to die is worthwhile if
  the first try is a less-optimal mating.
None of them were recognized except that of the second mate.
The bodies of the second mate and two watchmen are still missing.
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