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seamanship
[sea•man•ship]
noun
1. Skill in navigating or managing a boat or ship.
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2. A series of forts was raised, commanding the principal harbours on the south coast; and a few ships, secretly prepared, were suddenly sent out under competent captains, to teach the channel pirates a lesson in English seamanship; which was very effectively accomplished.
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3. He said, "The essential of seamanship is anticipation."
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4. It will be remembered that it was a badly wounded young paymaster, unversed in seamanship, that brought the Hardy out of Narvik harbour and so saved many of his shipmates to fight again.