I prefer to be just some grumpy old guy on a computer.
I come from a seafaring area. I have relatives going back as long as records exist mostly just merchant seaman. A few were Master Mariners. In more recent times Some Chief Engineers.
It meant something.
Some old retired guys were always known as Captain or Chief or Bosun.
I always figured they earned it.
When started out I always called the Capt. Capt. it would never have occurred to me to call him anything else. I said sir to the Mate once. He informed me. He wasn’t my f!@#$%g school teacher.
It felt funny the first time one of the crew called me Mr Mate or Chief. I never really got used to Capt.
I only ever sailed with two guys who really were entiteled to be called Capt. One had held an commission as a Capt. in the army. The other held a commission as a full 4 ring Navy Capt. I believe he was in charge of a whole fleet. He had retired from the Navy and was working for me as a relief Mate, it felt really odd when he called me Capt. I was half his age.
I haven’t sailed as a Master for several years. Yet some people will still introduce me as Capt. Or call me Capt.
I use my own name its much more comfortable.
The tradition where I grew up I was a Mate not an Officer. I moved on and it was Officer not a Mate.
I still prefer Mate. I never held a commission. My first certificate was 2nd Mate FGN I Also Hold a Chief Mate FGN And Master Mariner.
The history of both the title and the original certification go way back to the Days of James Cook.
He was a Masters Mate then a Sailing Master. When he sailed around the world he was a Luetenant.
The Sailing Master and His Mates were the senior warrant officers on an old Royal Navy Ship.
They had to write exams to qualify.
Today Officer Of The Watch. Seams to be the norm.
Call me what you like just not late for dinner.
Far as I am concerned. If you ever sailed a day as a Capt. I have no problem calling you Capt.