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1. the senior captain of a shipping line
2. the officer in command of a convoy of merchant ships
3. the senior flag office of a yacht or boat club



(1) A high rank in knightly medieval and religious orders.

(2) A high rank in the hierarchy of Masonic lodges.

(3) In the USSR (before 1926), Western Europe, and the USA, the title of the president of a yacht club.

(4) The head administrator of horse, ski, bicycle, motorcycle, automobile, and other races and tours.

(5) In Great Britain, the Netherlands, and several other countries, the rank of a commander of a group of ships who does not hold the rank of admiral.

(6) In Russia from the early 18th century to the early 19th, the naval rank (Russian, komandor) between captain first class and rear admiral fourth class.


One of the first personal computer companies. In 1977, Commodore Business Machines, West Chester, PA, introduced the PET computer and launched the personal computer industry along with Apple and Radio Shack. In 1982, it introduced the Commodore 64 (64K RAM) and later the Commodore 128. These were popular home computers, and more than 10 million were sold.

In 1985, Commodore's new Amiga series offered advanced imaging and video capabilities at affordable prices. A line of IBM-compatible PCs was also introduced, but the Amiga line was Commodore's mainstay until 1994, when the company filed for bankruptcy. See Amiga and Commodore 64.

The Commodore PET
The USD $595 PET (Personal Electronic Transactor) contained its own tape cassette (on the left) and a whopping 4K of RAM. (Image courtesy of Steven Stengel,

Amiga and Video Toaster Software
The Amiga and Video Toaster were touted as the most affordable broadcast-quality video editing system on the market. Digital effects were created in the Amiga and converted to the analog tape decks in real time. (Image courtesy of NewTek, Inc.)
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Vice Commodore John Cameron presents Gregory Haremza with the Cruising Trophy.
The oldest former commodore on the water was 85-year-old Jack Statham who crewed his son's GP 14 and won the prize for the highest placed former commodore.
As any one of the Commodores present here today will attest, being Commodore is an honour, but carries with it duty and commitment," Donald Graham told the large gathering.
Retiring Commodore Garry Linacre is the epitome of the Commodores who have led the CYCA over my many years of membership (and of those before my time).
It is a requirement of being Commodore that he must own a yacht and most Commodores over the years have been ocean racing yachtsman.
Members of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia elected prominent ocean racing and one-design yachtsman Matt Allen unopposed as their new Commodore at the club's annual general meeting on 9 July.
The two new Rear Commodores, Michael Cranitch and Gary Linacre, are both former Directors who sought election to Flag rank.
Commodore is targeting initially smaller craft beer makers and contract labeling companies.
Innovation, ingenuity, and a strong entrepreneurial spirit are alive and well at Commodore.