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#988 Calling a ship “she”

Posted by Tall Ships America on June 1, 2011

Hull of a ship beached on the shore Photo Credit Rex Stucky

It’s said there are three perfect shapes in the world, a woman’s body, the curves of a violin, and the hull of a ship. Spending so much time taking care of a vessel, you can’t help but give it a personality and a gender. 

Traditionally, there were many explanation as to why a boat was called a “she”, one being that the ship is nearer and dearer to the sailor than anyone except his mother. Another is that in the Romance languages, the noun “ship” was feminine and the Mediterranean sailors would use the pronoun “she” which was then picked up by other sailors. 

But a ship also has a soul. Your ship takes care of you, likes new things, and can be a bit persnickety. She’s your home, keeps you comfortable,  and she embraces you. Together, you have adventures and you miss each other when you are apart. She’s high maintenance but you couldn’t be more proud of her, and for that she is awesome.

Have an idea or a story you want to share? Email it to me at erin@sailtraining.org and I’ll add it to the blog with props to you.

Major credit to 1000 Awesome Things for the inspiration


One Response to “#988 Calling a ship “she””

  1. I totally agree! Calling “my” ships “she” comes naturally and for all the reasons you mentioned.

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