He is, as Swinburne says, helmsman and chief: he is literally the Man at the Wheel.
The helmsman warned them that they were approaching another shore.
Cain stood at the bowsprit, giving his directions to the helmsman.
His offer was accepted and so far he had proved a competent and able helmsman.
"I 'll make straight for the harbor of Kilkieran," replied the helmsman.
I took no notice of him and raised my tone just enough to be heard by the helmsman.
There was no one on the poop except the helmsman, who addressed him at once.
"Now, listen to me," insisted the helmsman in a gentle tone.
Hallo, helmsman,” he inquired, “what is your latitude and longitude?
In the back side of this room was the compartment where the helmsman stood with his wheel.