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

Definition of unseaworthy

: not fit for a sea voyage : not seaworthy an unseaworthy vessel

Examples of unseaworthy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Photographs of the needy huddled in unseaworthy craft recall the migrant crisis of five years ago. The Economist, "Immigration Britain’s migrant invasion that wasn’t," 15 Aug. 2020 Johnson is right that the people who benefit most from the migration are people smugglers, who charge thousands of dollars for passage in often-unseaworthy vessels. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Boris Johnson’s Government Struggles to Stop Migration across the English Channel," 14 Aug. 2020 Rescued from human traffickers’ unseaworthy boats in several operations in the central Mediterranean since late April, the migrants, along with the Maltese government, are waiting for European Union countries to offer to take them in. Time, "More Than 400 Migrants Living in Limbo Aboard Chartered Pleasure Cruise Ships off Maltese Coast," 3 June 2020 Ryan Sims, a cook on the boat who broke his leg trying to escape the flames, claimed in a separate lawsuit that the boat was unseaworthy and operated in an unsafe manner. Fox News, "Cause of deadly California scuba diving boat fire still a mystery," 28 Sep. 2019 For years, the Mediterranean Sea has been a place of drama and death as desperate people from Africa and the Middle East board unseaworthy smuggling boats with dreams of a better life in Europe. Stephen Calleja, The Seattle Times, "AP Exclusive: Captain feared death in migrant hijack at sea," 30 Mar. 2019 Scores died when their unseaworthy boats sank or capsized during the short but perilous crossing. Washington Post, "Turkey moves ahead with its threats to send refugees to EU," 28 Feb. 2020 In the case pondered by the Senate on Wednesday, migrants had been transferred to the Italian coast guard vessel after some of them were rescued by a cargo boat, while others were taken from their unseaworthy boat by an Italian border patrol vessel. Fox News, "Italy's Salvini compares himself to Trump after Senate approves trial for holding hundreds of migrants hostage," 13 Feb. 2020 From those busy ports, migrants could stow away on trucks, generally a less risky option than crossing in often unseaworthy small vessels. Megan Specia, New York Times, "Migrants Crossing the English Channel to the U.K. Increased Sixfold in 2019," 3 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of unseaworthy

1820, in the meaning defined above

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25 Aug 2020

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“Unseaworthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unseaworthy. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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