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master-at-arms


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The officer, appointed by warrant, who is responsible for police duties on board a naval ship. In the early days, when seamen knew him by the slang name of Jaunty, he was also responsible for exercising the crew in the use of small arms, which is the origin of his title. But this duty was later taken by the junior lieutenant on board who was known as the lieutenant-at-arms.

Subjects: Maritime History — Warfare and Defence.


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