able seaman

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Seaman \Sea"man\, n.; pl. Seamen. [AS. saeman.]
   One whose occupation is to assist in the management of ships
   at sea; a mariner; a sailor; -- applied both to officers and
   common mariners, but especially to the latter. Opposed to
   landman, or landsman.
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   Able seaman, a sailor who is practically conversant with
      all the duties of common seamanship.

   Ordinary seaman. See Ordinary.
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