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 At least 723 people are known to have either died or gone missing taking this route on unseaworthy boats so far this year. Renata Brito, Star Tribune, 1 July 2021 Cornelius Vanderbilt made a fortune during the Civil War selling the Union army unseaworthy vessels. Russell Shorto, Time, 17 Mar. 2021 SOS Mediterranee said some passengers told rescuers they were beaten by smugglers based in Libya and forced to embark on the unseaworthy dinghies despite high waves. BostonGlobe.com, 1 May 2021 By the time Seattle’s bats reawakened in a two-run fifth – the product of an infield single and a groundball double down each line – the Red Sox had taken a commanding lead thanks to an unseaworthy performance by the Mariners pitching staff. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Apr. 2021 Of the 93,000 people who entered Europe irregularly last year, roughly 92% did so via the Western, Central and Eastern Mediterranean Sea, as well as through the Atlantic Ocean off West Africa to Spain's Canary Islands, often on unseaworthy boats. Renata Brito, Star Tribune, 26 Mar. 2021 The fishing vessel, like most smugglers’ ships in the waters between Libya and Italy, had been decommissioned and declared unseaworthy, its identifying numbers scratched off and flag removed. Barbie Latza Nadeau, Scientific American, 13 May 2016 In total, 263 migrants who had fled Libya hoping to reach Europe on unseaworthy boats were rescued by Open Arms between Tuesday and Wednesday from three different shipwrecks in the Mediterranean. Renata Brito, Star Tribune, 12 Nov. 2020 Photographs of the needy huddled in unseaworthy craft recall the migrant crisis of five years ago. The Economist, 15 Aug. 2020

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1820, in the meaning defined above

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“Unseaworthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unseaworthy. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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