merchant seaman


: a sailor who works on a ship involved in trading goods : a member of the merchant marine

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Recent Examples on the Web Joseph Hayden was born in Harlem Hospital on May 12, 1941, to Sylvia Hayden, who later worked as a hospital dietitian, and Alfred Freeman, a merchant seaman. Trip Gabriel, New York Times, 22 Jan. 2024 His mother was a nurse and his father a merchant seaman and semi-pro baseball player. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 7 Aug. 2023 The outrageousness of the case against Mahmood Hussein Mattan still burns: In 1952, Mattan, a former merchant seaman, was arrested for slitting the throat of a shopkeeper in Cardiff, Wales. Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2021 His father, Fince, was a merchant seaman, and his mother, Rose, was a homemaker. Clay Risen,, 26 June 2022 The oldest of three children, she was born Joy Manson in Liverpool, England, on March 20, 1931, to a merchant seaman and a nurse. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2022 It was donated by Joe McLaughlin, a merchant seaman and a Fighting Irish fan who brought the club from Ireland. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Sep. 2021 The clay figures started making their way back to Salem in the early 18th century, packed in duffle bags by merchant seaman who bought them in Indian markets as tourist tchotchke. Murray Whyte,, 14 Jan. 2021 Ames had been a merchant seaman and spent months at at time away from home. Yvonne Wenger,, 9 Nov. 2020

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“Merchant seaman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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