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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
First recorded in 1760-70; seaman + -ship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


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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