The Early Naval Lieutenant

By Isabel G. Powell, published December 1923


The lieutenant first appears as a naval officer about the year 1580. Under Elizabeth his appointment rested entirely with the captain,” who generally made his choice from among his personal friends”. The lieutenant was, in consequence, an officer of social position, as his superior officer was. A lieutenant is an employment for a gentleman well-bred, who knows how to entertain ambassadors, gentlemen, and strangers when they come aboard, either in presence or absence of a captain.

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Filed under: Tudors | English Civil War | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Battles & Tactics | Merchant Marines | Navies

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