able seaman


Definition of able seaman

: an experienced deck-department seaman qualified to perform routine duties at sea

Examples of able seaman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Within a week, Brito D'Silva, an able seaman (a senior member of the deck on crew), died of an unspecified illness. Saudamini Jain, CNN, "Indian sailors are being caught in a piracy boom off West Africa. One captain held hostage shares his story," 20 Mar. 2021 The transcript of these conversations, as well as (one-sided) electronic communications among the captain, mates, engineers, able seamen and people ashore, runs to 500 pages. Douglas Preston, New York Times, "A Disaster at Sea, Animated by 26 Hours of Black-Box Recordings," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of able seaman

1657, in the meaning defined above

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30 Mar 2021

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“Able seaman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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