- the officer of a merchant vessel next in command beneath the first mate.
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Historical Examples of second mate
The steward had gone ashore, and there being no second-mate, I was all alone.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
“Let the poor wretch go, Gregory,” whispered the second-mate.
“Yes, we all deserve more than we get,” said the second-mate patiently.
The second-mate did not wait for him to finish his sentence.The Island Treasure
John Conroy Hutcheson
“Yes, all hands aboard,” replied the second-mate laconically.Teddy
J. C. Hutcheson
- the next in command of a merchant vessel after the first mateAlso called: second officer