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chief mate

noun, Nautical.
Also called chief officer. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Then Coxon and his chief mate talked of the time they meant to occupy in the run to Valparaiso.

  • First of all was Queequeg, whom Starbuck, the chief mate, had selected for his squire.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • The chief mate lay dying, calling out for that comfort and assistance he had so often denied to others.

    The Guinea Voyage James Field Stanfield
  • When we reached New York, our chief mate left us, and I was offered the berth.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The chief mate instantly picked up his sword with his left hand; the foes again confronted each other, breast to breast.

  • The captain, who had remained on deck, sent down for the chief mate.

  • “I really cannot tell, sir,” said the chief mate, touching his cap.

    The Giant of the North R.M. Ballantyne
  • “The course is east-south-east,” said the chief mate distinctly.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • The real command devolved upon the chief mate, John Jermin—a good sailor and brave fellow, but violent, and given to drink.

  • No chief mate ever made more than one voyage in the Sephora, you know.

    The Secret Sharer Joseph Conrad

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