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    Ships have been neutered ! [formerly naming ships]
    From: Aubrey O?Callaghan
    Date: 2003 Jan 24, 21:42 +0000

    As a follow on from yr. remark on naming ships...
    A recent article indicates that Lloyd's list have neutered ships !
    "LONDON (AP) - A shipping-industry newspaper said yesterday it
    will no longer refer to ships with the feminine pronoun "she," ending
    centuries of seafaring tradition...."
    See: http://www.usmm.org/lloyds.html
    I don't know how one can have no affection for a vessel which safely takes
    care of one over thousands of miles of ocean. I would suspect the person
    who decided this has never sailed a long distance on a small vessel.
    At 18:58 24-01-03, you wrote:
    >Ships are named like persons, without the definite article.   We would refer
    >to HMS WARRIOR or USS FORRESTAL just as we would not refer to The Robert Eno
    >or The John Titterton.   However a public house might be called The Admiral
    >Nelson.   Ships are regarded as female.
    >However I suppose if you have a ship named after you, I suppose Robert Eno
    >and The Robert Eno might differentiate between the two!
    >Incidentally veering is when the wind changes in a clockwise direction, ie
    >north to northeast.     Backing is the reverse, ie north to northwest.
    >Best wishes.
    >Philip Ouvry
    Aubrey O'Callaghan
    Wandrin' Star of Dart
    Rival 38

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