To have authoritative charge of
The officer in charge of a company
One in command of a ship
The captain smiled and touched his hat.
The captain was responsible for the freight and the ship; he had to replace all loss.
And, by and by, I might become the captain of a ship.
Meanwhile, Captain Beechey visited the islands in the "Blossom," assigned names to some of them, and published a description of their features.
He entered the navy as midshipman (1799) with his father, Christopher Raymond Perry (1761-1818), a captain in the navy, and saw service against the Barbary pirates.