ship·​wright ˈship-ˌrīt How to pronounce shipwright (audio)
: a carpenter skilled in ship construction and repair

Examples of shipwright in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It was built by eighth-generation Portuguese shipwrights using the same methods and tools as the original, according to a press release. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 31 May 2023 The average man-of-war was estimated by a leading shipwright to last only fourteen years. David Grann, The New Yorker, 28 Feb. 2023 Mike Vlahovich, a shipwright from Croatia, assembled the team of shipwrights, who use the same techniques employed in the 19th century. Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun, 20 Dec. 2022 Or if a boat should leak, the shipwright must fix it at their own cost. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 1 Dec. 2020 In 1670, naval shipwright Sir Anthony Deane built the first royal ship mostly from iron. Natalia Scherbakoff, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 Martin de Urnieta, the shipwright who finished building the Maravillas in 1647, was also a knight of the order. Sean Kingsley, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 July 2022 Jack Higgins, James Graham, Martin Fallon and Hugh Marlowe were all pseudonyms for Henry Patterson, who was born on July 27, 1929, in Newcastle upon Tyne in the north of England to a shipwright, Henry Patterson, and his wife, Henrietta. New York Times, 10 Apr. 2022 Unwilling to return to sailing but residing where water was ever present, Enoe became a shipwright in 1973, honing a skill that was brought to the islands by Scottish immigrants centuries ago. Zuzana Prochazka, Robb Report, 20 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shipwright was before the 12th century

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“Shipwright.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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