Date: Mon, 29 Jan 1996 22:24:46 -0500
From: Benjamin Barrett Gogaku[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GNN.COM
Subject: Re: why are ships referred to as she (fwd)
One of our area libraries directed this question to us which we have not
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.
Nothing but a guess here. I always thought it was because sailors were male
and they always talked about being married to the sea, etc, etc. I guess it
could be the other way around, though it seems less likely.
I also have so no particular reason, perhaps, that mother country is the
reason we refer(red) to countries as she also.