- a person who assists the master of a large ocean passenger vessel, being especially responsible for safety apparatus, fire and lifeboat drills, etc.
Origin of staff captain
First recorded in 1865–70
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Examples from the Web for staff captain
The staff-captain did not understand these subtleties, shook his head, and smiled slyly.
I asked the staff-captain, seizing him by the arm, and involuntarily rejoicing.
"I know that, my friend, I know that without your telling me," said the staff-captain.
I wish I were a staff-captain instead of a bloody lootenant.Soldiers Three, Part II.
Not one of us has any money, and we are all in debt to that staff-captain whom you saw there.Sevastopol
Lyof N. Tolsto