Date: Tue, 30 Jan 1996 08:44:14 MST From: Tom Uharriet 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. > > yoroshiku > Benjamin Barrett 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. Tom utom[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]