from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A common sailor; a man before the mast.
- n. On a man-of-war, a man stationed at the foremast to keep the ropes, etc., in order.
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But as the moon peeped forth from behind a hail-shower, they saw that a strange foremastman was standing in the scuppers, and baling the water out of the boat as fast as it poured in.