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Old May 17th, 2003, 12:44 PM
Seahunks Seahunks is offline
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Default Re: Re: Nautical terms while at sea

The Navy used to teach that the difference between a ship and a boat was that a boat could be lifted out of the water by a ship. Since ships could lift submarines out of the water, submarines were considered boats. Now, with floating drydocks and other large sea-going service vessels, the distinction between ship and boat has dimmed. I think the only true ships left by the old definition are aircraft carriers and possibly cruise ships.

And anything longer than your arm isn't a "rope"--it's a "line."

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