from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An officer appointed to a ship to supervise the exercise of gunnery and management of the guns.
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Craig, 'the gunnery-lieutenant had said with a stern eye on that
Haliotis was very hard to move, and the gunnery-lieutenant, who had fired the five-inch shell, had leisure to think upon consequences.
He, poor man, was obliged to rely entirely upon the discretion of the gunnery-lieutenant in her forward turret; and that this individual was doing his duty well was proved by the frequency with which his guns boomed out, sending shell and solid shot spattering against the heavily-armoured sides of the Chinese battleships, where they splintered and burst, cracking and starring the thick steel, but very seldom penetrating to their vitals, close though the range was.