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- n. A captain of a war vessel whose name appeared, or was "posted", in the seniority list of the navy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A captain of a war vessel whose name appeared, or was “posted,” in the seniority list of the British navy, as distinguished from a commander whose name was not so posted. The term was also used in the United States navy; but no such commission as post-captain was ever recognized in either service, and the term has fallen into disuse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See captain, 1 .
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"I'll make Malcolm a post-captain in the navy and give you a thousand pounds," he said at length, hardly knowing that he spoke.
Bay, and along the coast, should be left with an officer above the rank of post-captain -- especially, as the Russian and Turkish squadrons were soon expected in the bay -- he had thought it right to give Captain
He entered the sea service at an early age, and prospered as the sons of men of rank prospered in those days, being made a post-captain in 1747, when he was but three and twenty years old.
Of course, I only knew the captain as a midshipman (we were 'volunteers' then) knows a post-captain, and that for a few months only.
A post-captain of the navy is usually the rank of the person intrusted with the direction and management of the sea force, but he always has, I believe, the local or brevet rank of an admiral.
Do you imagine that I shall let him wait till he is a post-captain to satisfy the requirements of Mademoiselle your daughter -- provided he does not die in a hospital?
Of these two were murdered, four were drowned in the wreck of the _Pandora_, three were hanged in England, and six were pardoned, one living to become a post-captain in the navy, another to be gunner on the _Blenheim_ when she foundered with Sir Thomas Troubridge.
This exploit took place in March 1800, and was considered of such importance that he was made a post-captain for it; but so slow and uncertain was communication to and from the seat of war that he knew nothing of his promotion till October -- long after his friends at home had become acquainted with it.
Promotion came slowly, and it was not till 1782 that he attained the rank of post-captain.
Cornelius James pulled himself together and advanced with outstretched hand, as befitted the son of a post-captain on board his father's ship.