deck·​hand | \ ˈdek-ˌhand How to pronounce deckhand (audio) \

Definition of deckhand

: a sailor who performs manual duties

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Now there are female admirals, ship captains, ferry skippers, deckhands, marine engineers, maritime executives. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "Young Oakland woman part of maritime industry’s new guard," 27 Jan. 2018 More than 40 shots were fired and when the fusillade was over and a deckhand, George W. Gordon, 210 Frisbie Street Oakland, had turned out the lights, the engineer was found critically wounded. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF police officer shot to death in gunbattle in 1968," 14 June 2018 Thirty-six-year-old deckhand Darrik Seibold, who’d spent about seven seasons on the Destination, was the closest to a full-time resident. Outside Online, "In Search of the Vanished Destination," 17 Apr. 2018 Tonning talked her way into deckhand gigs on Zerlang’s tugboats and the Madaket, and immersed herself in the local maritime culture, taking up residence in a trailer at the boatyard. Robert Earle Howells,, "Insider: A sea captain’s guide to Eureka," 5 July 2018 Jim Jackson, a volunteer deckhand dressed in early 1800s sailor garb, told us the short-lived sloop was built as a commercial vessel in 1811 and carried cargo on the Great Lakes. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tall ship Friends Good Will, lighthouses highlight visit to southwest Michigan," 22 June 2018 The other deckhands were Ray Vincler, a 32-year-old local raised in the tiny village of Akutan, just one island over from Unalaska, and Kai Hamik—the youngest, at 29—a square-jawed former college baseball player from Arizona. Outside Online, "In Search of the Vanished Destination," 17 Apr. 2018 There are two traditional ways to get a job as a mariner: earn a four-year degree at a maritime academy or start as a deckhand and work up to the wheelhouse. Andrea Rumbaugh, Houston Chronicle, "Q&A: San Jacinto College’s John Stauffer trains a new generation of more educated mariners," 15 June 2018 Costa Mesa residents Heather Jamison, 25, and Oscar Ussery, 29, are former students who now work as deckhands. Daniel Langhorne,, "Orange Coast College students use 92-foot yacht as floating classroom," 25 May 2018

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1844, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of deckhand

: a worker on a ship who does work that does not require special training

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