first mate


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first mate

an officer second in command to the captain of a merchant ship
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The Pyrenees shipped two heavy seas as she was swung off and put once more before it, and the first mate expressed a desire to have all that water down in the hold, if only it could be introduced without taking off the hatches.
Captain Davenport compromised on a point and a half, and then went aloft, accompanied by McCoy and the first mate, to keep a lookout for land.
The first mate glanced at his own figures, and said in a low voice:
And the first mate saw, and McCoy saw, and the crew saw, what he had seen.
Captain Davenport and the first mate, revolvers in hand, were advancing to the break of the poop, when McCoy, who had climbed on top of the cabin, began to speak.
James Hoseason, first mate, prepared a chart of the area.
Way out in the Atlantic, the crew - including Chris Hemsworth as first mate - encounter a 100ft white whale with an extremely bad temper.
Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.
Jim is the first mate on a small steamer in the Pacific.
Officials from the prosecutor's office said they were the captain of the vessel and his first mate.
Avast behind: actually Jonas Armstrong's is pretty pert as he plays Nantucket sailor First Mate Owen, whose ship was attacked and sunk in 1820.
He squarely blames the Captain, Mr Tadeusz Dudek and his First Mate - both of whom have been dismissed - for the accident.