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a warrant officer on a warship, or a petty officer on a merchant vessel, in charge of rigging, anchors, cables, etc.
Historical Examples

Sturdy and Strong G. A. Henty
Howard Pyle’s Book of Pirates Howard Pyle
The Survivors of the Chancellor Jules Verne
Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
Jack Tier or The Florida Reef James Fenimore Cooper
The Fall of British Tyranny John Leacock
The Wreck of the Grosvenor, Volume 3 of 3 William Clark Russell
The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras Jules Verne
Twice Lost W.H.G. Kingston
Six Letters From the Colonies Robert Seaton

a petty officer on a merchant ship or a warrant officer on a warship who is responsible for the maintenance of the ship and its equipment


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