seamanship

noun

sea·​man·​ship ˈsē-mən-ˌship How to pronounce seamanship (audio)
: the art or skill of handling, working, and navigating a ship

Examples of seamanship in a Sentence

The captain shows great seamanship.
Recent Examples on the Web Their seamanship requires a deep understanding of maritime skills, weather patterns, navigation, and the mechanics of sailing. David Nour, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 There are academic classes as well as hands-on training, which includes firearms, seamanship, firefighting, damage control and first aid. Ashlyn Messier, Fox News, 4 Aug. 2023 In addition to a four-year degree, Klaszky said NROTC training includes classes in naval science, naval operations, seamanship, leadership labs, military training physical fitness and military drill instruction. Gina Grillo, Chicago Tribune, 14 June 2023 The captain, Jerry Boylan, was long admired in Santa Barbara, Calif., for his care and seamanship of a boat that many locals rode to their open-water scuba certification dives at the Channel Islands. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2020 During the trip, guests can take in lectures, workshops on seamanship and polar survival, cooking demonstrations and more programming. Nathan Diller, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2023 Those who pass move on to seven weeks of basic crewman training to learn combat, weapons and communications training, followed by a seven-week intermediate-level seamanship course, and finally survival, evasion, resistance and escape training and a cultural course. Lolita C. Baldor, Star Tribune, 15 July 2021 Organization, seamanship and technology all would have combined to give the Vikings an upper hand starting in the late 8th century. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 16 June 2021 There is Dylan, a thirty-six-year-old Virginia transplant who went to seamanship school in Florida and has worked the full marine circuit on Islesboro for a decade now, and will transport anything anywhere. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 17 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1756, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of seamanship was in 1756

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“Seamanship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seamanship. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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seamanship

noun
sea·​man·​ship ˈsē-mən-ˌship How to pronounce seamanship (audio)
: the art or skill of handling, working, and navigating a ship

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