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  • n. Plural form of leadsman.


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  • The shallop sailed slowly against the strong spring current, and he kept leadsmen constantly at work, sounding the depth of the river.

    Champlain's Dream

  • He ordered out the deep-sea lead, and on April 26, 1633, the leadsmen found bottom at 45 fathoms, or 270 feet.

    Champlain's Dream

  • Then, "Wiedermann, get your leadsmen in the chains."

    The Heirs of Babylon

  • However, Spring knew his business; he took the wheel himself, and with only the foretopsail spread we drifted slowly between the green banks, the leadsmen chanting quietly, and the first hint of dawn beginning to lighten the sky over the black jungle mass astern.

    Flash For Freedom

  • Now the leadsmen ceased their chant, and every man in Clorinda stood silent, even though the wind still played through the rigging and the sea chattered alongside.

    Hornblower In The West Indies

  • The leadsmen were in the chains as Clorinda headed in towards the roadstead.

    Hornblower In The West Indies

  • So fast had the Indians worked while the leadsmen were in the channel that it required but a few minutes more to reduce the draught of the batteaus to the scale.

    The Boy Scouts on the Yukon

  • Rand, you and Dick are leadsmen of this voyage, and you will each take a pair of knee boots and a lumber gauge and follow the channel of the Creek from shore to shore and give me the greatest depth of water you can find in a continuous channel up to where the creek narrows again and the water will naturally deepen.

    The Boy Scouts on the Yukon

  • The galleons, many of them with badly damaged spars and rigging, many more without anchors at their cat-heads ready to bring them up, were being forced nearer and nearer to the low sandy shores that were marked only by the white foam of the breakers, and the leadsmen were giving warning that the keels were already dangerously near to the shelving bottom along the outlying fringe of shoals.

    Famous Sea Fights From Salamis to Tsu-Shima

  • In narrow or intricate channels, it is sometimes needful to place a man in the chains on each side of the ship, as the depth will vary a fathom or more even in the breadth of the vessel, and it is of great consequence that the leadsmen give the depth correctly, as a wrong report might cause the ship to run aground.

    Thrilling Stories Of The Ocean From Authentic Accounts Of Modern Voyagers And Travellers; Designed For The Entertainment And Instruction Of Young People


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