[see-muh n-ship]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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



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