- a person who steers a ship.
Origin of helmsman
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Examples from the Web for helmsman
Shortly before the Concordia crashed, Schettino can be heard on the audiotape telling the helmsman to turn again.
“I made a decision to go off course and I gave those orders to the helmsman,” he told the court.
The judge in the preliminary hearing, Valeria Montesarchio, denied the request to subpoena the helmsman.
The helmsman, who did not speak English or Italian fluently, responded, “Hard to Starboard?”
Moments later, he can be heard yelling “Hard to Port” at the helmsman when it became clear the ship was heading for disaster.
He is, as Swinburne says, helmsman and chief: he is literally the Man at the Wheel.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
The helmsman warned them that they were approaching another shore.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
Cain stood at the bowsprit, giving his directions to the helmsman.The Pirate and The Three Cutters
His offer was accepted and so far he had proved a competent and able helmsman.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
"I 'll make straight for the harbor of Kilkieran," replied the helmsman.The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. II (of II)
Charles James Lever
- the person at the helm who steers the ship; steersman
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Word Origin and History for helmsman
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