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I have trouble in comprehending the phrase in the bold text; does it mean the same thing like seaworthiness?
I travelled northward; reached Caithness; passed the stormy Orkneys; reached Lerwick; and from Unst, the most bleak and northerly of the Zetlands, contrived, by dint of bribes to pit the weather-worthiness of a lug-sailed 'sixern' (said to be identical with the 'langschips' of the Vikings) against a flowing sea and a darkly-brooding heaven.
M.P.Shiel, Vaila, 1896
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The suffix, "-worthiness", in general terms means "something or someone is suitable and in good condition". When it's attached to another word it means that the thing is in suitable condition, and therefore safe, to be used with whatever word it is attached to.
seaworthiness = of a ship, "in good enough condition to travel safely at sea".
airworthiness = of a plane, "in good enough condition to travel by air".
weather-worthiness = of a ship (in this case) "in good enough condition to be able to withstand the weather", namely the notorious storms in the seas around the Shetland Isles.
(BrE first language speaker.)