Master and Commander, Full Dress, 1787-1812


Master and Commander, FULL DRESS (drawn from the Regulations posted November 17, 1787)

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Next in seniority after the captain came the ‘Master and Commander’ a rank said to have been introduced by William III. The commander was a captain who had not been ‘posted’ for promotion so he commanded the smallest type of vessel, a sixth-rate. Such commands were usually given to lieutenants who had passed their navigation examinations and could be given locally by the commander of a fleet or station, but subject to Admiralty confirmation. After 1794 the title was altered to ‘Commander’ only. The commander in the accompanying plate has a laced hat, and a ‘5-ball’ pattern sword.

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Dimensions 17.5 × 25.5 cm


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