sea·​man·​ship | \ ˈsē-mən-ˌship How to pronounce seamanship (audio) \

Definition of seamanship

: 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 The captain, Jerry Boylan, was long admired here 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, "California dive boat captain charged with manslaughter in fire that killed 34 aboard Conception," 2 Dec. 2020 Monday’s ceremony starts at 1:30 p.m. across the street from the school’s sailing and seamanship facility at 1801 W. Coast Hwy. Daily Pilot, "Around Town: Crowds will walk the walk in Newport to raise funds for breast cancer research," 19 Sep. 2019 Much the same way a seasoned ship captain like Edward Smith can become the face of heedless seamanship. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Former UAW VP compared to captain of Titanic in plea for leniency," 30 July 2019 Training includes physical fitness, seamanship, firearms, firefighting and shipboard damage control along with lessons in Navy heritage and core values, teamwork and discipline. Alan Nunn, Houston Chronicle, "IN THE MILITARY: Houston sailor earns Military Excellence Award at Recruit Training Command," 18 July 2019 Both camps emphasize boating and seamanship, said Sallie Ransom, senior vice president of financial development for both camps – and a Seafarer alumna herself. Page Leggett, charlotteobserver, "At these YMCA camps, kids learn to sail, take in nature and 'make friends for life'," 12 July 2018 The incident also points out Carman’s seamanship as the engine overheating in April was caused by not opening a valve to provide water to cool the engine. Dave Altimari,, "Engine Fire on Nathan Carman's Boat Led to Coast Guard Rescue Five Months Before It Sank," 14 June 2018 The Officer of the Deck, the person responsible for safe navigation of the ship, exhibited poor seamanship by failing to maneuver as required, failing to sound the danger signal and failing to attempt to contact CRYSTAL on Bridge to Bridge radio. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "USS Fitzgerald officer pleads guilty in collision that killed 7 sailors," 8 May 2018 Most learned basic seamanship aboard the 240-foot USS Bluejacket, a wooden mock-up of a 1940’s destroyer escort that was anchored for more than two decades on a parade field at the corner of General Rees Avenue and Glenridge Way. Stephen Hudak,, "Statue of female sailor at Blue Jacket Park honors Navy legacy, women who served at sea," 14 Apr. 2018

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1756, in the meaning defined above

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“Seamanship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of seamanship

: skill in sailing or operating a ship

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