A sailor, seaman, mariner, or seafarer is a person who navigates water-borne vessels or assists as a crew member in their operation and maintenance.
Etymologically, the name "sailor" preserves the memory of the time when ships were commonly powered by sails, but it applies to the personnel of all vessels, whatever their mode of propulsion, and includes military maritime (naval) personnel and members of the merchant marine as well as recreational sailors. The term "seaman" is frequently used in the particular sense of a sailor who is not an officer.
Famous quotes containing the word sailor:
“Captain Bligh: Mr. Byam, youre up late.
Byam: Its very warm below, sir.
Captain Bligh: I hadnt noticed it. A true sailor can sleep in an oven, if need be, or in a keg of ice.”
—Talbot Jennings (18961985)
“The soger frae the wars returns,
The sailor frae the main,
But I hae parted frae my Love,
Never to meet again, my dear,
Never to meet again.”
—Robert Burns (17591796)