Sailor

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.

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Famous quotes containing the word sailor:

    He is the best sailor who can steer within the fewest points of the wind, and extract a motive power out of the greatest obstacles. Most begin to veer and tack as soon as the wind changes from aft, and as within the tropics it does not blow from all points of the compass, there are some harbors which they can never reach.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    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 (1759–1796)

    Captain Bligh: Mr. Byam, you’re up late.
    Byam: It’s very warm below, sir.
    Captain Bligh: I hadn’t noticed it. A true sailor can sleep in an oven, if need be, or in a keg of ice.
    Talbot Jennings (1896–1985)