Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that builds or repairs ships.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who designs, builds and repairs ships, especially wooden ones

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One whose occupation is to construct ships; a builder of ships or other vessels.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A builder of ships; a ship-carpenter.
  • n. A local English name of the spotted ling: so called because it has “a resemblance to the spilt pitch on the clothes of these mechanics.”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a carpenter who helps build and launch wooden vessels

Etymologies

ship +‎ wright (“builder”) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • You enlist him as one of your companions and a shipwright should be a very useful member of your crew.

    Captain Blood

  • “And as shipwright and able assistant,” she laughed back.

    Chapter 37

  • It was in her blood, of course; that shipwright grandfather of hers was probably the last of a long line of merchant seamen.

    Movie Night

  • They know me at the Running Hart, and they gave me to wait at table a boy that I know something of, whose uncle is a shipwright in my yard.

    Movie Night

  • If he, for instance, had a shipwright build him a ship for the price of 2 ounces of gold, he might write out a note which would say, "Pay Mr. Shipwright 2 ounces of gold out of my gold on deposit at Mr. Goldsmiths's storeroom."

    How did Paper Money come to be?

  • He decided to make repairs underway and took along the shipwright Champdoré, several artisans, a “store of planks,” and a shallop.70

    Champlain's Dream

  • The Catholic priest and Protestant pastor lived there, the surgeon Deschamps, and the skilled shipwright Champdoré.

    Champlain's Dream

  • Only one man could put it right—the shipwright Champdoré, who “cleverly mended the rudder.”

    Champlain's Dream

  • In the harbor, shipwright Champdoré repaired the damaged rudder while Champlain surveyed the anchorage and made a chart.

    Champlain's Dream

  • These men appeared in the records of many voyages to America.26 Others with professional expertise included Pierre Angibault, sieur de Champdoré, a skilled shipwright and amateur pilot.

    Champlain's Dream

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  • The H.M.S. Shipwright was listed as a "transport" captured at Yorktown in 1781.

    October 29, 2007