from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical, the marine superintendent of a line of vessels.


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  • The shipowner bribes the Amir al-Bahr, or port-captain, and the Nazir al-Safayn, or the captain commanding the government vessels, to rate his ship as high as possible; if he pay the price, he will be allowed nine ardebs to the ton. 28 The number of ships belonging to the port of Suez amounts to 92; they vary from 25 to 250 tons.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • Nearly the same scene was acted over when Perez, the port-captain, came on board; and in a few minutes Captain Garçaŏ of the Liberal came to pay his respects, and shortly afterwards Captain Taylor of the Nitherohy, from whom we learned something more of the state of His Imperial Majesty's fleet.

    Journal of a Voyage to Brazil And Residence There During Part of the Years 1821, 1822, 1823

  • At the first Haytian port, Dauphin Bay, he meets the port-captain who cannot read his passport, the port-general who bows and sends him to the chef de police, the chef who asks for half

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 11, No. 25, April, 1873

  • That thief of a port-captain wellnigh skinned us clean before he could see it lawful that so many useful fighting men might go out of harbour.

    The Lost Continent

  • For vessels thus stationed there is, generally, a sufficiency of waiting, for a port-captain is apt to be so uncertain of his own dignity, that he must e'en keep folks waiting to prove it to them.

    The Lost Continent

  • The port-captain went into the little hutch of a cabin with a white face.

    The Lost Continent

  • The port-captain was roving his eye over the group of us who stood on the after-deck.

    The Lost Continent

  • The port-captain stared for a moment, as if unbelieving, and then, as though satisfied, made obeisance like a fellow well used to ceremonial.

    The Lost Continent

  • "Oh, I saw Dason's head on your beak," said the port-captain.

    The Lost Continent

  • But a small sop like this was no meal for Phorenice, and she gave the port-captain strict orders for the guarding of his prisoner before she left him.

    The Lost Continent


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