from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A wheelman.
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- n. helmsman
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A steersman or helmsman.
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... some from Hannes, some from Luis ... page 78: "Wheel Men" as in "wheelsman"?
They were less than ten hours out of Duluth, and Bowdecker was the best wheelsman in the fleet.
Captain Gus Hawley came to the pilothouse to confer with Art Bowdecker, the wheelsman.
Our wheelsman well-trained he espied clear through the misty haze
About midnight the wheelsman began showing signs of consciousness.
They also found the wheelsman, Boswell, waiting for them there, he having made the trip from Cordova in a tug.
"Where are you taking the motor boat?" asked the wheelsman.
Scouts all turned their faces homeward, the wheelsman was left in charge of the boat.
"Where is he wanted?" asked the wheelsman, who had given the name of
When the short battle ended the wheelsman lay on the deck unconscious, his head rolling from side to side as the boat tossed about on the waves.