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"Nothing will drive British seamen to mutiny faster than a captain suspected of lining his pockets at their expense."--Mutiny on the Bounty (1932) by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall

"Imagine then a fleet or a ship in which there is a captain who is taller and stronger than any of the crew, but he is a little deaf and has a similar infirmity in sight, and his knowledge of navigation is not much better."--Republic by Plato, ship of fools allegory

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Captain is a title for the commander of a military unit, the commander of a ship, aeroplane, spacecraft, or other vessel, or the commander of a port, fire department or police department, election precinct, etc. The captain is a military rank in armies, navies, Public Health Service, coast guards, etc., typically at the level of an officer commanding a company or battalion of infantry, a ship, or a battery of artillery, or similar distinct unit. The terms also may be used as an informal or honorary title for persons in similar commanding roles.


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  • Kapitän bzw. „Kapitän zur See“ (Deutsche Marine), Nato OF-5 grade


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