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[see-muh n-ship] /ˈsi mənˌʃɪp/
knowledge and skill pertaining to the operation, navigation, management, safety, and maintenance of a ship.
Origin of seamanship
1760-70; seaman + -ship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The narrative of his voyages proves the boldness of his seamanship.

    Calvert and Penn Brantz Mayer
  • They have been obliged to add gunnery to their knowledge of seamanship and navigation.

    Waiting for Daylight Henry Major Tomlinson
  • One of the first things I discovered was that I knew far less about seamanship than I gave myself credit for.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • He had too much confidence in his own seamanship to think of shipwreck.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • With eyes now turned from aloft to ahead, we retyped our seamanship to meet the altered conditions of the veer in our outlook.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • And then, some day, when you know more of seamanship, you will become his mate.

    Peter the Whaler W.H.G. Kingston
  • I have said that the North Sea was my finishing school of seamanship before I launched myself on the wider oceans.

  • It required all the captain's seamanship, and the efforts of all the crew, to withstand it.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • It was a very clever bit of seamanship, mind you, that taking the brig out in the teeth of the storm with hardly room to tack.

    The Ocean Cat's Paw George Manville Fenn
  • I was losin' my temper; I do hate bunglin' seamanship aboard a craft of mine.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for seamanship


skill in and knowledge of the work of navigating, maintaining, and operating a vessel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for seamanship

1766, "acquaintance with the skill of a good seaman," from seaman + -ship.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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