The Queens Regulations and the Admiralty Instructions - 1861
CONSTRUCTION OF WORDS.
In the construction of these Regulations and Instructions, unless there be something in the context or subject-matter repugnant to, or inconsistent with, such construction-
"ADMIRALTY" shall mean the Lord High Admiral for the time being of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and when there shall be no such Lord High Admiral in office, any Two or more of the Commissioners for executing the Office of Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom;
"OFFICER" shall include Commission, Warrant, and Subordinate Officers, but shall not extend to Petty and Non-Commissioned Officers, except when the words "Superior Officer" are used;
"COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF" shall mean an Officer appointed by Commission as such; and, in general routine duties, the Officer appointed to command a Squadron or Station, or the Officer on whom the charge thereof may devolve in consequence of the death or absence of the Officer appointed to command the same;
"CAPTAIN" shall mean the Officer appointed to command; and, in general routine duties, the person in command for the time being;
"COMMANDING OFFICER" shall mean the Officer or other person in command for the time being;
"SHIP" shall mean every Ship and Vessel belonging to Her Majesty.