A captain was, conventionally, a senior commanding officer or otherwise appointed individual commander of a spacecraft, a manned spaceship. As a title, the term captain appeared commonly throughout various human factions and societies.

Variations of the term's use Edit

Ultranauts tended to have a more informal appointment of captains and the titles for captains tended to vary from crew to crew, but their captains were generally referred to as such.

Due to their political ideology preferring non-militaristic sounding terms for various military ranks, the Demarchists of Yellowstone often prefered to use the term "shipmaster" to denote the captain of a military spacecraft, instead of simply using "captain". This also made their use of "shipmaster" different from its more common use among Ultranauts and other groups (where that term was more often used for a chief engineer equivalent).

Notable ship captains Edit

Demarchists Edit

Known Demarchists who were referred to as captains (even if just informally).

Ultranauts Edit

Ultranaut captains and their home lighthugger vessels.

Flotilla colonists Edit

Captains of the fleet of generation ships used for the colonisation of Sky's Edge.

Notes Edit

  • Historically, the term "captain" originated as a land-based military rank (lit. "headman", "hetman") and only became associated with naval terminology with the diversification and expansion of naval warfare. Before that, the term "shipmaster" (at least in English) was often used as the term for a ship's leader. After the growing commonality of "captain" for commanders of warships, the term shipmaster became a synonym for a "civilian captain", the commander of any ship other than a warship.
  • Related to the above, the Demarchist use of "shipmaster" seems either intentionally synonymic, or harkening back to the older meaning (i.e. a generic, non-military term for a ship captain), precisely to avoid the connotation with the military etymology of "captain". In the Demarchist military's use, "shipmaster" thus works as a sort of euphemism for a warship's captain.

References Edit

See also Edit

General overview: Timeline
Historical eras: Amerikano era | Belle Epoque
Major: Demarchists | Conjoiners | Ultranauts | Skyjacks
Minor and local: Banshees | Coalition for Neural Purity | Inundationists
Gillies | Hermetics | Mixmasters
Norte | Canasian | Russish | Castellano
Social and political: Ice Mendicants | Inundationists | Vahishta Foundation
Law enforcement: Constabulary | Panoply
Research institutions: Mixmasters | Sylveste Institute
Spacecraft crews: Captain | Gunnery Officer | Pilot | Shipmaster | Triumvir
Law enforcement: Constable | Prefect
Civilian professions: Mixmaster | Street vendor
Dream Fuel | Indoctrination Virus | Ferris marks
Palanquins | Polling core | Wedding gun
Brezgatnik | Hermetic | Shadowplay | Transenlightenment

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