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ˈhɛlmz mənhelms·man

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. helmsman, steersman, steerernoun

    the person who steers a ship


  1. helmsmannoun

    A member of a ship's crew who is responsible for steering

Webster Dictionary

  1. Helmsmannoun

    the man at the helm; a steersman


  1. Helmsman

    A helmsman or helm is a person who steers a ship, sailboat, submarine, other type of maritime vessel, or spacecraft. On small vessels, particularly privately owned noncommercial vessels, the functions of skipper and helmsman may be combined in one person. On larger vessels, there is a separate officer of the watch, who is responsible for the safe navigation of the ship and gives orders to the helmsman. In the merchant marine, the person at the helm is usually an able seaman, particularly during ship arrivals, departures, and while maneuvering in restricted waters or other conditions requiring precise steering. An ordinary seaman is commonly restricted to steering in open waters. Moreover, military ships may have a seaman or quartermaster at the helm. A professional helmsman maintains a steady course, properly executes all rudder orders, and communicates to the officer on the bridge utilizing navigational terms relating to ship's heading and steering. A helmsman relies upon visual references, a magnetic and gyrocompass, and a rudder angle indicator to steer a steady course. The mate or other officer on the bridge directs the helmsman aboard merchant or navy ships. Clear and exact communication between the helmsman and officer on the bridge is essential to safe navigation and ship handling. Subsequently, a set of standard steering commands, responses by the helmsman, and acknowledgment by the conning officer are widely recognized in the maritime industry. The helmsman repeats any verbal commands in order to demonstrate that the command is heard and understood. The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers requires that a helmsman be able to understand and respond to helm orders in English.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. helmsman

    The timoneer, or person, who guides the ship or boat by the management of the helm. The same as steersman.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of helmsman in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of helmsman in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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