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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
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  • The narrative of his voyages proves the boldness of his seamanship.

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

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • 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
  • I was losin' my temper; I do hate bunglin' seamanship aboard a craft of mine.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • 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
  • "That will do as far as seamanship is concerned," the officer said.

    At Aboukir and Acre George Alfred Henty
  • I have said that the North Sea was my finishing school of seamanship before I launched myself on the wider oceans.

  • In spite of his seamanship, the caravel was wrecked on the island of Cuba.

    South American Fights and Fighters Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • 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
  • Were we half as good as he is, in other matters, we might be better than we are in seamanship.

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for seamanship


skill in and knowledge of the work of navigating, maintaining, and operating a vessel
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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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