shipwright

noun
ship·​wright | \ ˈship-ˌrīt How to pronounce shipwright (audio) \

Definition of shipwright

: a carpenter skilled in ship construction and repair

Examples of shipwright in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although elements of the largest ship's construction are Roman, Korac says those same shipbuilding techniques may also have been used by later Byzantine or medieval shipwrights. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Probable Roman shipwrecks unearthed at a Serbian coal mine," 8 Apr. 2020 His friend and fellow shipwright William Foster had built a sleek, speedy schooner named Clotilda a few years earlier to haul lumber and other cargo around the Gulf of Mexico. National Geographic, "https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2020/02/clotilda-americas-last-slave-ship-stole-them-from-home-it-couldnt-steal-their-identities-feature.html," 16 Jan. 2020 Tower was a shipbuilder and fisherman, and Stoddard was a shipwright. BostonGlobe.com, "Colonial re-enactors and local officials gathered at Cohasset Central Cemetery Monday morning to place commemorative markers at the graves of two Revolutionary War patriots who participated in the Boston Tea Party.," 5 Nov. 2019 Boeing aero-mechanics, shipwrights and college professors. Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times, "In 52 years at The Seattle Times, photographer Greg Gilbert has seen it all. But he wants to see more.," 31 July 2019 Ranstrom is 51, just bought a house, and these days works a shipwright. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Dead Baby Bikes Downhill brings ‘gleeful mayhem’ to Seattle streets," 3 Aug. 2019 The government also paid for employee training, as few skilled shipwrights remained in the labor force. Andrew Maykuth, Philly.com, "With dearth of orders, Philly Shipyard's future is at risk," 10 May 2018 Don Pedersen, her husband's uncle, was a master shipwright who developed the Viking sailboat. Bradley Zint, latimes.com, "New exhibit tells ‘The Hull Story’ of Costa Mesa’s boatbuilding past," 4 May 2018 Shortly afterward, several shipwrights began working along the eastern shore, and by 1840, shipbuilding had become the community’s dominant activity, prospering for the next three decades. Marcelle Sussman Fischler, New York Times, "Northport, N.Y.: Old-Time Charm in a Waterfront Village," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of shipwright

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Shipwright.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shipwright. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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