from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In ship-building, a former name for the uppermost strake of ceiling, which is thicker than the rest of the ceiling, and is considered the principal binding strake. Now usually called clamp.
  • noun Skill in navigation.


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  • Yea, and two other sons of Poseidon came; one Erginus, who left the citadel of glorious Miletus, the other proud Ancaeus, who left Parthenia, the seat of Imbrasion Hera; both boasted their skill in sea-craft and in war.

    The Argonautica 2008

  • Tigris – Euphrates land, where sea-craft has not changed since the days of Xisisthrus – Noah, and long before.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night 2006

  • Parthenia, the seat of Imbrasion Hera; both boasted their skill in sea-craft and in war.

    The Argonautica Apollonius Rhodius

  • Very few days sufficed to put the rigging and sails in perfect condition; to mount my sixteen guns; to drill the men with small arms as well as artillery; and by paint and sea-craft, to disguise the Saint Paul as a very respectable cruiser.

    Captain Canot or, Twenty Years of an African Slaver Theodore Canot

  • In spite of all the captain's sea-craft the ship was being driven nearer to the dreaded, low, shingle beach of the island that stretched along the northern edge of the sea.

    The Book of Missionary Heroes Basil Mathews

  • By sea and land they come -- rumours of things half seen, half heard -- glimpses of enemy aircraft, sea-craft.

    Barbarians 1899

  • I very soon found out that they knew what they were talking about -- in fact, between you and me, I should have said that they were as experienced in sea-craft as any man could be!

    Ravensdene Court 1899

  • Names are odious, but I remember one of them who might have been their very president, the P.R.A. of the sea-craft.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad 1890

  • The mysteriously born tradition of sea-craft commands unity in a body of workers engaged in an occupation in which men have to depend upon each other.

    Notes on Life and Letters Joseph Conrad 1890

  • Some of them would bring their wives with them for the voyage; uniformly rather pretty women, a trifle dressy, somewhat fragile in appearance, but really sound enough; naive, simple, good souls, loving their husbands and magnifying them, and taking a vicarious pride in their ships and sea-craft.

    Hawthorne and His Circle Julian Hawthorne 1890


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