Date: Tue, 30 Jan 1996 08:44:14 MST
From: Tom Uharriet UTOM[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ADMN.SHS.NEBO.EDU
Subject: Re: why are ships referred to as she (fwd)
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.
I think BB is on the right track about the marraige connection. I
have heard of cars--particularly sports cars--being called "she" for
sexual reasons. I don't think I need to explain the analogy in
detail, but it's along the line of the male driver climbing in,
reving up those engines, and going for a joy ride.
utom[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]admn.shs.nebo.edu