[ see-muhn-ship ]
See synonyms for seamanship on
  1. 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

Words Nearby seamanship Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use seamanship in a sentence

  • The instruction ranges from history and geography to practical seamanship, with all the intermediate scientific subjects.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • As it was, the "Agamemnon" was hard pressed, but escaped, chiefly through the enemy's lack of seamanship.

    The Life of Nelson, Vol. I (of 2) | A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan
  • 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
  • Each time chance or poor aim or sharp seamanship or a combination of all three saved us.

    The Glory of The Coming | Irvin S. Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for seamanship


/ (ˈsiːmənʃɪp) /

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

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