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What are we attempting here? A brand new 2006 definition of seamanship?
Looks very much like it to me, including a "kinder and gentler" version of what has been the meaning of the term for many centuries. You can look up all the definitions of "seamanship" you like, and never find a reference to "treating others well".
And, I doubt if some of the finest seamen in history (including Capt. Cook, Capt. Bligh, Irving Johnson, Chay Blythe, and dozens of others) could be accused of worrying too much about the tender feelings of others.
Mind you, I'm not saying that one shouldn't be kind to others, merely that that doesn't figure into the classic definition of seamanship.
Rather, seamanship refers to KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and PRACTICE. Here's what Wikepedia says,
"Seamanship is the art of operating a ship or boat.
It involves a knowledge of a variety of topics and development of specialised skills including:
* Navigation and international maritime law;
* Weather, meteorology and forecasting;
* ship-handling and Small boat handling;
* operation of deck equipment, anchors and cables;
* Ropework and line handling;
* execution of evolutions such as towing;
* Cargo handling equipment, dangerous cargoes and cargo storage;
* Dealing with emergencies; and
* Survival at sea and Search and Rescue.
* Fire fighting.
The degree of knowledge needed within these areas is dependent upon the nature of the work and the type of vessel employed by a mariner. However, the practice of good seamanship should be the goal of all."
I'm all for treating others well, including wives and mates and kids and anyone else who may be aboard. And, aboard Born Free, everyone is treated as well as can be under prevailing circumstances. SEAMANSHIP helps keep those prevailing circumstances favorable to tender interactions with others.