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MATE. The second officer on board of a merchant ship or vessel.
     2. He has the right to sue in the admiralty as a common mariner for wages. 1. Pet. Adm. Dee. 246.
     3. When, on the death of the master, the mate assumes the command, he succeeds to the rights and duties of the principal officer. 1 Sumn. 157; 3 Mason, 161; 4 Mason, 196; See 7 Conn. 239; 4 Mason, 641 4 Wash. C. C. 838.

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Second mate volunteered to steer and watch, and let men snatch a few hours sleep.
His two young officers were too young and flighty, the mate too stupid.
He was certainly not more than thirty, and the elderly mate, with a murmur to me of "That's my old man," proceeded to give instances of the natural unhandiness of the ship in a sort of deprecatory tone, as if to say, "You mustn't think I bear a grudge against her for that.
Sometimes, even now, in my old age, I have bad dreams in which I hear that mate yell, Yah
Meantime the chief mate, with an almost visible effect of collaboration on the part of his round eyes and frightful whiskers, was trying to evolve a theory of the anchored ship.
This was accounted for by the fact that Raja ran upon his left side, and unlike his mate, kept leaping for the great beast's shoul-der.
Franklin did not seem to expect conversational ease from the new second mate.
The mate himself was very ill, and half starved; for he declared he had reserved nothing from the men, and went share and share alike with them in every bit they ate.
He did not know what to do, and then Jane Clayton, who had heard Schneider's story, added her pleas to those of the mate.
That was the name he had heard the mate repeatedly call Captain Van Horn.
One careless sniff had satisfied his mate, and she trotted on to reassure him.
I told him I did not know his mate Bill, and this was for a person who stayed in our house whom we called the captain.