Nautical words

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Warrant Officer. Naval officer whose authority derived from a warrant issued either by or on behalf of the Lord High Admiral of Great Britain and Ireland. Rank was junior to commissioned officer, but senior to all subordinate officers. This rank is now obsolete in Royal Navy.

Warrant Shipwright. Warrant officer of Royal Navy who was responsible for control of ship's carpenters and other duties connected with the efficiency of ship's structure. Now 'Com­missioned Shipwright'.

Warranty. Emphasised statement and undertaking that certain conditions exist or shall exist; or that certain things have been done or shall be done. The warranty may be specifically stated, or it may be implied by some act or statement.

Warranty of Seaworthiness 378 Water Ballast

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