What does the word seaworthy mean?

Usage examples for seaworthy

  1. His instructions from the Sovereigns expressly interdicted him from visiting St. Domingo; but, on finding that his largest ship required some repairs to make her seaworthy, he boldly disregarded the prohibition, and sent a boat to ask Ovando to furnish him with another vessel in place of the damaged one, and to allow his squadron to take refuge in the harbour during a hurricane which he foresaw to be imminent. – The Life of Columbus by Arthur Helps
  2. My feeble straw had suddenly taken the form of a practicable seaworthy raft, big enough to accommodate all the family- with the one exception of Frank, who, as it were, grasped the edge of this life- saving apparatus of mine, and tested it suspiciously. – The Jervaise Comedy by J. D. Beresford
  3. The two other ships were not to be seen, and I suppose that they outsailed ours, for she had never been of the swiftest, though staunch and seaworthy in any weather. – A Sea Queen's Sailing by Charles Whistler