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second mate

the officer of a merchant vessel next in command beneath the first mate.
Also called second officer. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Mr. Dykes had not told him that he had given up his own cabin to the girl and was sharing the second-mate's.

    Captain Calamity Rolf Bennett
  • “Yes, all hands aboard,” replied the second-mate laconically.

    Teddy J. C. Hutcheson
  • “Extremely strange, that she does not answer the private signal,” said the colonel to the second-mate.

    Newton Forster Captain Frederick Marryat
  • "I'm all right, sir," answered the second-mate, as he clung to the bridge-rail.

    Captain Calamity Rolf Bennett
  • The tide may have taken her many miles,” said the second-mate, speaking painfully; “but try north.

    Mother Carey's Chicken George Manville Fenn
  • He was now second-mate of the Queen Charlotte, and I was engaged as boatswain.

  • “The commodore has made the signal to prepare for action, sir,” said the second-mate.

    Newton Forster Captain Frederick Marryat
  • I then shouted to my second-mate to be of good heart, and he answered with a cheer.

    Miles Wallingford James Fenimore Cooper
  • Wansley, second-mate, was indeed dead to the world in his berth.

    Cursed George Allan England
  • I shipped as a sort of second-mate, keeping a watch, though I lived forward at my own request.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for second-mate

second mate

the next in command of a merchant vessel after the first mate Also called second officer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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