Often The Quartermaster was seconded in responsibility to The Captain. Normally elected by the Ship's Crew, The Quartermaster was tasked with making sure the Crew was cared for and received it's fair share of profits. They could have authority over other Ship Officers (other than The Captain) – in battle. Normally having occupied all positions within a ship, a Quartermaster could have 15 years of sailing experience. Often, when a Captain was “lost” (to battle or to other “issues”), The Quartermaster could become Captain.