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 for Ship''s corporal
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Corporal \Cor"po*ral\ (k[^o]r"p[-o]*ral), n. [Corrupted fr. F.
     caporal, It. caporale, fr. capo head, chief, L. caput. See
     Chief, and cf. Caporal.] (Mil.)
     A noncommissioned officer, next below a sergeant. In the
     United States army he is the lowest noncommissioned officer
     in a company of infantry. He places and relieves sentinels.
     [1913 Webster]
     Corporal's guard, a detachment such as would be in charge
        of a corporal for guard duty, etc.; hence, derisively, a
        very small number of persons.
     Lance corporal, an assistant corporal on private's pay.
     Ship's corporal (Naut.), a petty officer who assists the
        master at arms in his various duties.
        [1913 Webster]

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