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A 16th- and 17th-century name for a naval officer serving on board a ship without having obtained a commission from the Admiralty or his country's equivalent. This was frequently necessary, as in those days disease or battle casualties often carried off officers, a state of affairs on board which required the temporary upgrading of midshipmen or a rating so that the work and discipline of the ship might be maintained.

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