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    Re: Naming Ships
    From: Trevor Kenchington
    Date: 2003 Jan 23, 23:52 -0400

    Personally, I don't like to use the definite article with a name but
    there isn't any universal, hard and fast rule, even if we exclude the
    fumblings of journalists and other ignorant lubbers. Different
    communities of mariners at different times have either included or
    excluded the "the" (and if you go beyond anglophones, things get even
    more complicated -- the French used to routinely include their definite
    article as part of the name itself).
    "Victory", "the Victory", "H.M.S. Victory" and even "H.M.S. the Victory"
    could all be regarded as correct, at least in some times and places. The
    one variant that is certainly wrong (but seen all too often these days)
    is "the H.M.S. Victory".
    Trevor Kenchington
    Robert Eno wrote:
    > I would like to throw out a question for the nautical minded masters out
    > there.
    > I am having a "discussion" regarding the naming convention for ships. I
    > contend that a ship's name is never preceded by "the".  In otherwords,
    > Nova Scotia's famous schooner "Bluenose" would not be referred to as
    > "the Bluenose" but simply "Bluenose"
    > Comments anyone?
    > Robert Eno
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