An experienced seaman certified to perform all routine duties at sea. Also called able-bodied seaman.(noun)
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Use "able seaman" in a sentence
"“I am Stephen Donovan, able seaman off Sirius, Mrs. Morgan,” he said, bowing with a flourish of his Sunday tricorn."
"He was the most remarkable figure of a burnt-out, aged man one would expect to find able seaman on one of the proudest sailing-ships afloat."