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Posted: 2/15/2006 7:14:37 PM EDT
Saw this in a seafood restaurant yesterday....

WHY IS A SHIP CALLED SHE?

A ship is called a she because there is always a great deal of bustle around her;
there is usually a gang of men around;
she has a waist and stays;
it takes a lot of paint to keep her good looking;
it is not the initial expense that breaks you, it is the upkeep;
she can be all decked out;
it takes an experienced man to handle her correctly;
and without a man at the helm she is absolutely uncontrollable.
She shows her topsides and hides her bottom,
and when coming into port, always heads for the buoys.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 7:15:47 PM EDT
Because they both cost so much to keep in paint and powder....
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 7:16:03 PM EDT
when she gets old she tends to retain water
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 7:16:55 PM EDT
b/c most sailors are men

it would be gay to call the ship they are on a "he"
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 7:18:16 PM EDT
aarrr matey, can ye smell it ?
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 7:18:20 PM EDT
It is a vestige of a time when English (or one of its contributory languages) had "grammatical gender," as do latin, Fremch, and Spanish. That's all.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 7:20:19 PM EDT
My wife told me it's because it's a tradition that all boats are named after females.

HH
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 7:22:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By HoustonHusker:
My wife told me it's because it's a tradition that all boats are named after females.

HH




Because they're both a bitch to maintain?
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 7:22:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ALPHAGHOST:
b/c most sailors are men

it would be gay to call the ship they are on a "he"



I think the Russians do....
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 7:25:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Zaphod:

Originally Posted By HoustonHusker:
My wife told me it's because it's a tradition that all boats are named after females.

HH




Because they're both a bitch to maintain?



She didn't add that part.



HH
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 7:44:25 PM EDT
Because to enjoy it you can't just look at it, you got to ride it.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 9:12:23 PM EDT
Because they're full of seamen??
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 9:15:04 PM EDT
It's a bitch when she goes down.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 9:15:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NimmerMehr:

Originally Posted By ALPHAGHOST:
b/c most sailors are men

it would be gay to call the ship they are on a "he"



I think the Russians do....



Link Posted: 2/15/2006 9:17:33 PM EDT
because its the only "she" those guys are going to be in for a long time
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 9:17:44 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ALPHAGHOST:

Originally Posted By NimmerMehr:

Originally Posted By ALPHAGHOST:
b/c most sailors are men

it would be gay to call the ship they are on a "he"



I think the Russians do....






..Racing for a copy of Red October..

Link Posted: 2/15/2006 9:26:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ALPHAGHOST:

Originally Posted By NimmerMehr:

Originally Posted By ALPHAGHOST:
b/c most sailors are men

it would be gay to call the ship they are on a "he"



I think the Russians do....






I remember watching a History Channel segment on the German battleship Bismarck. Apparently the German sailors thought their ship was so superior to the next-best Allied ship that they defied naval tradition and refered to the ship as a "he."
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 9:32:26 PM EDT
It's not just ships.

Anything with a cock-pit is a she.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 9:32:47 PM EDT
Yup. the Russians call ships "he"
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 9:35:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By FLAL1A:
It is a vestige of a time when English (or one of its contributory languages) had "grammatical gender," as do latin, Fremch, and Spanish. That's all.



Maybe… English is a Germanic language, not Latin. German has a neuter gender unlike Latin. Yes, English does have a lot of Latin based vocabulary, primarily as a result of the invasion of William the Bastard (the Conqueror). He was the bastard son of the King of France who lorded over Normandy.

Oddly enough the hostile relationship between France and England did not begin here but later. After a few generations - a lot of essential English men owned vast tracts of land in N. France because their fathers were Norman Lords - the French resented foreign ownership of their lands that had not even been taken in conquest, but really the opposite. What should have been territorial expansion resulted in loss of control.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 11:07:30 PM EDT
"She" when you are talking about a ship. "He" when you are talking about the Captain.

I dunno though, now that we can't call Irish Pennants Irish Pennants, maybe we oughts start calling ships "It".
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 11:34:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By PaDanby:
now that we can't call Irish Pennants Irish Pennants,



Who said you can't call IPs by their proper name?
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 11:42:44 PM EDT
[feminist] Because men have a primal need for control [/feminist]



because its the only "she" those guys are going to be in for a long time


or that.
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 2:17:05 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Tim84K10:

Originally Posted By PaDanby:
now that we can't call Irish Pennants Irish Pennants,



Who said you can't call IPs by their proper name?




So..... Can we call them "Russian Ropes"?
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