noun, plural leadsmen.
a sailor who sounds with a lead line.

1500–10; lead2 + 's1 + man

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leadsman (ˈlɛdzmən)
n , pl -men
nautical a sailor who takes soundings with a lead line

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As the leadsman retrieved the line, he'd call out the depth.
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