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staff captain

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Immediately after the outbreak of war I found him hurrying through the Horse Guards in a staff captain's uniform.

    Sonia Between two Worlds Stephen McKenna
  • "I did not expect this of you," said the staff captain seriously and severely.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • He answered the staff captain's question by a disapproving shake of his head.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • The staff captain gave him the job because he was a sea cook.

  • The staff captain on his broad-backed, steady mare came at a walk to meet him.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • "The padre was right—it must be a fireguard, after all," said the staff captain.

  • The staff captain lost his way several times running, and I confess my heart rejoiced thereat.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • On returning to the dug-out I saw the staff captain ferociously digging with a mess-tin.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • The staff captain, Kirsten, had twice been reduced to the ranks for affairs of honor and had twice regained his commission.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

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