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supercargo

[soo-per-kahr-goh, soo-per-kahr-] /ˌsu pərˈkɑr goʊ, ˈsu pərˌkɑr-/
noun, plural supercargoes, supercargos.
1.
a merchant-ship officer who is in charge of the cargo and the commercial concerns of the voyage.
Origin of supercargo
1690-1700
1690-1700; < Spanish sobrecargo, with sobre- over (< Latin super) Latinized; replacing supracargo (with supra- for Spanish sobre-); see cargo
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  • There were a few entries that looked odd, but the supercargo was ready with explanations concerning them.

    Dave Porter in the South Seas Edward Stratemeyer
  • But the captain and supercargo are a pair of unmitigated scoundrels.

    Tessa Louis Becke
  • For the most part, he had worked hard; at first as Columbine's mate and supercargo, afterwards as a merchant's clerk.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
  • The supercargo and Hendry went up on the bridge together, where they could talk freely.

    Tessa Louis Becke
  • "They've swum ashore in the night, Pack," said the supercargo to Packenham.

  • The captain and supercargo had mapped out our future course.

    The Mate of the Lily W. H. G. Kingston
  • The supercargo was clad in an immaculate suit of white flannels and was looking as fresh as new paint.

    Cappy Ricks Retires Peter B. Kyne
  • "You do hate to be beaten," Denby, the supercargo, remarked sympathetically.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
  • He lifts his club, and I believe that the last moment of the supercargo has arrived.

    The Cruise of the Mary Rose William H. G. Kingston
  • On his last cruise he had shipped two strangers in Tahiti as mate and supercargo.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for supercargo

supercargo

/ˌsuːpəˈkɑːɡəʊ/
noun (pl) -goes
1.
an officer on a merchant ship who supervises commercial matters and is in charge of the cargo
Word Origin
C17: changed from Spanish sobrecargo, from sobre over (from Latin super) + cargocargo
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