Date: Mon, 29 Jan 1996 21:09:31 -0600
From: Dan Goodman dsg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAROON.TC.UMN.EDU
Subject: why are ships referred to as she (fwd)
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Date: Mon, 29 Jan 1996 11:41:31 -0500 (EST)
From: SEO connect bveatch[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]winslo.ohio.gov
To: stumpers-list[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CRF.CUIS.EDU
Subject: why are ships referred to as she
One of our area libraries directed this question to us which we have not been
very successful in answering. Apparently a class has been given the
assignment of finding out why ships and boats are referred to as SHE.
We have looked in all sorts of ship and sea lore books but all we can find
is, yes they are referred to as SHE. Any information and sources as to why
sailing vessels are spoken of in the female gender would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance!