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Why are ships always referred to as "she" and never "he?"
Last Post 18 Jul 2010 05:37 PM by Cassie. 8 Replies.
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17 Jul 2010 08:13 PM
    I've always wondered why.

    The only reference I have is an offhand remark made by the late comedian, Rodney Dangerfield.

    "I never understood why people always referred to cars as "she" and never "he". They'd always say, 'she's a beauty,' and I now I know why. Women and cars are very much alike. Because, on a cold morning, no matter how much you need them to turn over, they won't."

    One of the few jokes he ever made without resorting to self-depreciation.

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    17 Jul 2010 08:33 PM
    Women are naturally protectors and nurturers, seafarers would refer to ships as female because of the close dependence upon the ship for life & sustenance. That is taken in part from www.history.navy.mil under traditions. Some very interesting reading there... as Gears is prone to say "Google only takes about a second!" LOL
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    17 Jul 2010 08:56 PM
    True, true. I don't want to seem like a numbskull, but sometimes I just like to see what kind of conversation a question will arouse.

    You never get the interesting side notes on Google, like, "That reminds me. Me and a shipmate of mine had a debate a few months back about this very topic...," etc. I like hearing those stories. In my mind, every story I read paints a little picture in my mind that fills in a tiny spot on a very large puzzle of what life is like in the Coast Guard.

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    17 Jul 2010 09:27 PM
    Oh I agree completely about the side discussions, they are always fun!
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    17 Jul 2010 09:43 PM
    Except the ones about eating or cooking with animal Testicles...LOL
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    18 Jul 2010 02:01 AM
    Because ships tend to be temperamental biznatches?? Just a guess.....
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    18 Jul 2010 06:43 AM
    I'm certain that, whatever the real reason, you won't find it written in any official document...
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    18 Jul 2010 09:27 AM
    Because ships tend to be temperamental biznatches?? Just a guess.....


    +100 billion Jrkibell You have no idea how right you are... One minute you're steaming along everything is fine. And, then... "MK1... is the engine room supposed to be on fire?"

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    18 Jul 2010 05:37 PM

    Posted By jkribell on 18 Jul 2010 03:01 AM
    Because ships tend to be temperamental biznatches?? Just a guess.....

    Yup this. From everything my husband has said, this is exactly it. haha!
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