from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Skill in navigating or managing a boat or ship.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The skill of a good seaman; acquaintance with the art of managing and navigating a ship at sea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The skill of a good seaman; the art, or skill in the art, of working a ship.

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  • noun nautical Skill in, and knowledge of, the work of navigating, maintaining, and operating a vessel.

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  • noun skill in sailing


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seaman +‎ -ship


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  • A series of forts was raised, commanding the principal harbours on the south coast; and a few ships, secretly prepared, were suddenly sent out under competent captains, to teach the channel pirates a lesson in English seamanship; which was very effectively accomplished.

    England under the Tudors

  • He said, "The essential of seamanship is anticipation."

    Experience on an Atlantic Convoy 1942

  • It will be remembered that it was a badly wounded young paymaster, unversed in seamanship, that brought the Hardy out of Narvik harbour and so saved many of his shipmates to fight again.

    The Navy 1941

  • Nevertheless, gentlemen, it is science, and not even the classics, that makes the man; as for a creature's getting the sciences by instinct, I shall contend it is against the possibilities, whereas the attainment of what you call seamanship, is among even the lesser probabilities. "

    The Two Admirals James Fenimore Cooper 1820

  • The first is called seamanship; the second might be called shipmanship, but is, I believe, called navigation.

    Autobiographical Sketches Thomas De Quincey 1822

  • The escape from this grave predicament was an exploit of seamanship which is among the treasured memories of the service.

    The Fight for a Free Sea: A Chronicle of the War of 1812 The Chronicles of America Series, Volume 17 Ralph Delahaye Paine 1898

  • According to his classmates, with all of whom I find he was very popular, he stood high in the practical studies, such as seamanship, gunnery, navigation, and steam engineering, but in all else he was near the foot of the class, and in whatever escapade was risky and reckless he was always one of the leaders.

    Real Soldiers of Fortune Richard Harding Davis 1890

  • The "seamanship" is another thing, and that the master of the ship is responsible for ....

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson Yonge, Charlotte M 1873

  • As a member you can take advantage of more advanced courses such as seamanship, sailing, piloting, cruise planning, weather and much more.

    Anderson Independent Mail Stories 2010

  • In addition to teamwork, traditional skills such as seamanship, sailing, boat-building and rowing are taught.

    SIMCOE - Home 2010


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  • So if you're a boatbuilder, does that mean you're good at shipship?

    August 23, 2011