[ship-mas-ter, -mah-ster]
a person who commands a ship; master; captain.

1325–75; Middle English schipmaster; cognate with German Schiffmeister Unabridged
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shipmaster or shipman (ˈʃɪpˌmɑːstə, ˈʃɪpmən)
n , pl -masters, -men
the master or captain of a ship
shipman or shipman

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Example sentences
One day he was called into the cabin of his father, who was a shipmaster.
He had been a shipmaster, and at the time of the arrest was engaged in the business of stock-raising.
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