Definition of supercargo in English:

supercargo

Line breaks: super|cargo
Pronunciation: /suːpəˈkɑːɡəʊ
 
, sjuː-/

noun (plural supercargoes or supercargos)

A representative of the ship’s owner on board a merchant ship, responsible for overseeing the cargo and its sale.
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  • This was applied in the normal way to the foreign community, whose chiefs - supercargoes and ships' captains - could thus be held responsible for crimes committed by those under their authority.
  • As the ship sails, supercargoes can find specific vehicles as needed.
  • The origin of the museum was the East India Marine Society, which was founded in 1799 by shipmasters and supercargoes who had collectively amassed forty-three hundred objects made in China, Japan, India, Africa, and Oceania.

Origin

late 17th century: alteration of earlier supracargo, from Spanish sobrecargo, from sobre 'over' + cargo 'cargo'.

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