Entry from British & World English dictionary
An officer responsible for the navigation of a ship or yacht.
- This time the volatile Stradling quarreled with his sailing master, one Alexander Selkirk, so grievously that Selkirk demanded to be put ashore on the island rather than continue to serve with such an intolerable commander.
- Warrant officers originated in the 17th century, as ‘standing officers’ on warships - like the sailing master, carpenter, and gunner - appointed because of specific technical skills and holding Navy Board warrants.
- Our sailing master kept telling stories about pirates and bad luck and so forth.
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