An old word occasionally used to describe the helmsman of a vessel. It is the Anglicized version of the French timonier, helmsman, both being derivations of the older word tymon, a wooden staff, and thus a tiller or whipstaff. As William Falconer, in his poem The Shipwreck, has it:The helm the attentive timoneer applies.The word remained in use throughout the 19th century perhaps used rather more by writers more than by seamen. G. C. Davies, writing in the magazine Norfolk Broads in 1884, talks about a boat's ‘timoneer sitting with the tiller in one hand and the sheet in the other’.
Subjects: Maritime History.