bowsman

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bowsman (plural bowsmen)

  1. (nautical) A sailor who works in the bow of a vessel.


1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chapter 72:

“Being the savage's bowsman, that is, the person who pulled the bow-oar in his boat (the second one from forward), it was my cheerful duty to attend upon him while taking that hard-scrabble scramble upon the dead whale's back."