sea·​wor·​thy | \ ˈsē-ˌwər-t͟hē How to pronounce seaworthy (audio) \

Definition of seaworthy

: fit or safe for a sea voyage a seaworthy ship

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seaworthiness \ ˈsē-​ˌwər-​t͟hē-​nəs How to pronounce seaworthiness (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Sims, who broke his leg escaping the burning boat, has sued the vessel's owners and the company that chartered it, alleging the Conception wasn't seaworthy and operated unsafely. Stefanie Dazio And Tom Krisher, USA TODAY, "Crew members on California dive boat that sank, killing 34 people, say they had no emergency training," 18 Sep. 2020 Sims broke his leg trying to escape the burning boat and sued the vessel's owner and the company that chartered it, alleging that the Conception wasn't seaworthy and operated in an unsafe manner. CBS News, "Crew members of dive boat that caught fire and killed 34 people say they weren't trained on emergency procedures," 16 Sep. 2020 The realities of war meant that instead of a vacationing vessel the Gustloff was soon used as a barracks; it had not been maintained in seaworthy condition for years before it was hastily repurposed for mass evacuation. Francine Uenuma, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Deadliest Disaster at Sea Killed Thousands, Yet Its Story Is Little-Known. Why?," 29 Jan. 2020 Using the abundant detritus, residents (mostly) and others build sculptures — a large hand emerges from the sand, a boat with an angler looks ready, if not totally seaworthy. Los Angeles Times, "Escapes: How to become one with the universe," 30 Apr. 2020 Miraculously, given their lack experience, the Heraclitus proved seaworthy. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Revisit the controversial Biosphere 2 project with Spaceship Earth," 25 May 2020 Three more will be in long-term maintenance or overhauls and would require many months, even in emergencies, to become seaworthy. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "New Pentagon Study Spells Doom for Two Aircraft Carriers...and Maybe More," 23 Apr. 2020 Every spring, Florida’s shoreline welcomes a swath of seaworthy visitors: female leatherback turtles, crawling ashore to swaddle their eggs in the sand. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "COVID-19 Restrictions May Boost Leatherback Sea Turtle Nesting," 24 Apr. 2020 But the boat owners argued that the Supreme Court had applied the same principle to all maritime cases in its 1990 Miles ruling, which limited damages in suits by crew members injured or killed by vessels that were not seaworthy. Bob Egelko,, "Federal judge won’t stop suits against owners of deadly Santa Barbara boat fire," 31 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of seaworthy

1798, in the meaning defined above

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21 Sep 2020

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“Seaworthy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of seaworthy

: fit or safe to travel on the sea


sea·​wor·​thy | \ ˈsē-ˌwər-t͟hē How to pronounce seaworthy (audio) \

Kids Definition of seaworthy

: fit or safe for a sea voyage a seaworthy vessel

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