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 for Sailing master
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sailing \Sail"ing\, n.
     1. The act of one who, or that which, sails; the motion of a
        vessel on water, impelled by wind or steam; the act of
        starting on a voyage.
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     2. (Naut.) The art of managing a vessel; seamanship;
        navigation; as, globular sailing; oblique sailing.
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     Note: For the several methods of sailing, see under
           Circular, Globular, Oblique, Parallel, etc.
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     Sailing master (U. S. Navy), formerly, a warrant officer,
        ranking next below a lieutenant, whose duties were to
        navigate the vessel; and under the direction of the
        executive officer, to attend to the stowage of the hold,
        to the cables, rigging, etc. The grade was merged in that
        of master in 1862.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  sailing master
      n 1: the ship's officer in charge of navigation [syn: sailing
           master, navigator]

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