Date: Mon, 29 Jan 1996 22:24:46 -0500 From: Benjamin Barrett Subject: Re: why are ships referred to as she (fwd) >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. 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. yoroshiku Benjamin Barrett