A leadsman had been stationed on each side of the forecastle, though there was no present occasion for their services.
The monotonous cry of the leadsman in the chains was the only sound audible.
The halt is a matter depending on the sounding-line, and not on the leadsman.
Also, the breast-rope which is made fast to the shrouds to protect the leadsman.
The chase led her into shoal water, the leadsman in the chains reporting a foot less than the ship drew.
This is strange language in the mouth of a leadsman's child!
The fool said something funny, imitating the leadsman's provincial accent.
He slowed the freighter to a snail's pace when he approached the dredged channel, and at last the leadsman found suitable bottom.
"Ma-a-ark, twai-ai-ain," chanted the leadsman for his final call, and not only Hugh but an echo from the land repeated it.
Then came the leadsman's long-drawn chant, once so familiar, the monotonous repeating in river parlance of the depths of water.