Funny How Every Time Shiliew's is the topic on this thread it always comes down to the First mate Discussion; Than it comes down to Zoro....
And this is not the First time.
I suggest you guys Revisit these pages.
First of all.
What is a first mate on a ship?
The first mate, also called the first officer, is second in command of the vessel
Source - http://wiki.answers.com
A First Mate (副船長 Fuku Senchō?, literally meaning "Vice Captain") is the top officer on board a ship after the captain.
Essentially, the first mate is the one officer the captain must put full trust in and pick carefully. They are the captain's right-hand man and if the captain is not at hand on the ship or is otherwise incapacitated, the first mate is the next in line to take over the captain's job.
Source - http://onepiece.wikia.com/wiki/First_Mate
First Mate had rank just below the Captain. He would take control of the ship if the Captain could not perform his duties any longer. However, pirate ships usually did not have First Mates; Quartermasters performed their duties.
After Captain, the most authority on a pirate ship had Quartermaster. As a Captain's right hand, he was in charge when Captain was not around. He had authority and he could punish men for not obeying commands.
Urouge: A second-in-command worth 120 million.
He doesn't look like the type to follow another man...
That tells you something about his captain...
Now Alina I'm aware of your reply to my post.
Originally Posted by Aohige_AP
Exactly what it says.
He says "second", not specifically first mate.
However First mate/Vice captain/Second in command/Quarter Master are one in the same thing, Depending on the Ships Crew.
Captain's Right Hand.
This is not the first time Zoro's been Shown like this.
Decision Maker When Captain Not Around.
Not The only time his taken charge when The captain is Incapacitated.
It has been shown to us that Zoro has been the guy Who would watch over the crew and protect them
even if his life is lost. Even if he has to force his Crewmates to survive.(knocking out sanji at thriller bark.)
2nd in command is not about giving orders. if that were the case than nami would be Captain.
Oda has been showing us that Luffy is the Captain who will protect his Crew at all cost, and the rest of the Strawhats will do the same for each other but We have been Shown By ODA that its zoro who steps up and protects them in luffys absence.
Now Seriously to end this silly Discussion answer me this one Question.
Why in the world would Oda have one of his characters say something like Zoro' is the Second in command when he isn't.
If you Agree that his Second in Command than Explain to me What First Mate Means to you.
Zoro will Fight Shillew Because his most likely the Second strongest in the crew and his a swordsman. Not because Shillew is a first mate, Which his not.