Definition of seamanship in US English:



  • The skill, techniques, or practice of handling a ship or boat at sea.

    • ‘Daniel Defoe was knowledgeable and proficient in seamanship, he understood the workings of a ship and the skills required for its operation.’
    • ‘Still, Walker wondered why a boy with so little training in seamanship had stolen away to sea.’
    • ‘The sinking may have been a result of overloading, poor seamanship or both.’
    • ‘Henceforth he would have to rely on his seamanship to navigate.’
    • ‘His lack of experience and seamanship, coupled with that outlandish ego, made him a terrible leader.’
    • ‘It was during Frederik's tutorial on seamanship that Claire delivered the surprising news.’
    • ‘I thought you knew all there was to know about seamanship already? ‘she smiled.’’
    • ‘I'm willing to bet I'll have a need to learn better seamanship, as I know he'll want me to accompany him next time he heads for the southern continent.’
    • ‘I'm not much good for anything else,’ he added ruefully, hoping that an admission of his poor seamanship would mollify the other boy.’
    • ‘Getting a good start was imperative to finish in the top 10 and this meant some cunning seamanship around the start boat to ensure a clean start.’
    • ‘His incompetence, both in terms of seamanship and leadership, led to the grounding of the Medusa and encouraged the panic that swept those on board.’
    • ‘Other state-supported institutions provide advanced training in nursing, engineering, commerce, and seamanship.’
    • ‘Furthermore, this glimpse of history is not a familiar one to any but a most dedicated student of history or seamanship.’
    • ‘In all his readings of seamanship and knots he had never found himself moved to tears, unless from boredom.’
    helmsmanship, steersmanship, map-reading, chart-reading, wayfinding
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