knowledge and skill pertaining to the operation, navigation, management, safety, and maintenance of a ship.

1760–70; seaman + -ship Unabridged
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seamanship (ˈsiːmənʃɪp)
skill in and knowledge of the work of navigating, maintaining, and operating a vessel

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Example sentences
None of them had been on the water, but they tried to teach themselves
Both appreciate the finer points of ship construction, seamanship and gun
The seamanship at fault: but this expression may be glossed by supposing the
  boatswain to have sounded that call on his whistle.
The boatswain's pipe is used chiefly for commands bearing on seamanship work.
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