[see-muh n-ship]
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Origin of seamanship

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

Examples from the Web for seamanship

Historical Examples of seamanship

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for seamanship


  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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper