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seamanship

[see-muh n-ship] /ˈsi mənˌʃɪp/
noun
1.
knowledge and skill pertaining to the operation, navigation, management, safety, and maintenance of a ship.
Origin of seamanship
1760-1770
First recorded in 1760-70; seaman + -ship
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  • It required all the captain's seamanship, and the efforts of all the crew, to withstand it.

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

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It had been a tremendous feat of seamanship and bade fair to be successful.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • "That will do as far as seamanship is concerned," the officer said.

    At Aboukir and Acre George Alfred Henty
  • In spite of his seamanship, the caravel was wrecked on the island of Cuba.

    South American Fights and Fighters

    Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • 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
  • I had been so absorbed in watching his seamanship, that I had not been thinking about the stranger.

    Labrador Days Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • They were to be composed only of those acquainted with seamanship.

  • They have been obliged to add gunnery to their knowledge of seamanship and navigation.

    Waiting for Daylight Henry Major Tomlinson
  • Once trapped, it was said, German seamanship and surprise tactics had done the rest.

    The Message Alec John Dawson
British Dictionary definitions for seamanship

seamanship

/ˈsiːmənʃɪp/
noun
1.
skill in and knowledge of the work of navigating, maintaining, and operating a vessel
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Word Origin and History for seamanship
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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