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- n. A member of a rescue team using a surf boat.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who serves in a surfboat in the life-saving service.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A man experienced in handling boats amid surf; especially, one employed in the life-saving service.
Ronan said Weber had qualified as a "surfman" - allowing him to operate a boat in surf up to 15 feet - at a different unit but had not been recertified since moving to the Montauk station.
Abner was next to him, and the surfman had watched the manly efforts of his adopted boy with secret delight.
The surfman hastened to explain that Darry was a survivor of the last wreck, on the shore where so many brave ships had left their bones.
When the surfman had pulled with a strong stroke for some distance he paused long enough to wave his hand to the boy; after which Darry turned away to get the articles Mrs. Peake wanted at the store, and for which she had doled out the necessary cash to a penny.
Again did the homeless Darry start in to narrate his brief career, so far as it was known to him; and the old surfman listened with a tear in his eye, as he told of his abandonment in a foreign port, and the hard time he had getting enough to eat.
The life saver put an arm affectionately across the shoulders of his companion, and Darry never felt prouder in his life than when he realized that he had "made good" with this simple surfman who had been so kind to him at their first meeting.
The keeper was a grizzled surfman named Frazer, and a man possessed of some education; he did not awaken the same feelings in the boy as Abner
Was surfman in Live-saving Service, 1883-89; keeper, 1889-1893; member Mutual Benefit Association; Treasurer, 1901-3.
This served to warn the crew of the vessel of their danger, or notified them that their distress was observed and that help was soon forthcoming; it also served, if the surfman was near enough to the station, to notify the lookout there of the ship in distress.
With head bent low in deference to the force of the blast, and eyes narrowed to slits, the surfman searched the seething sea for the shadowy outlines of a vessel in trouble.
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