While most were nationalistic (Berengaria, Normandie, Bremen, United States) they still lent more identity and character than todayís nouns (Summit, Spirit, Pride, Legend), the ungainly conjoined noun-adjectives (Seven Seas Navigator, Radiance of the Seas), or the repetitive (the Grand Princess, the Royal Princess, Recumbent Princess, the No-Better-Than-She-Ought-To-Be Princess). HAL still names their ships after cities, bless them, and Veendam and Rotterdam still sound like good ship names to me. (R8 isnít even open for discussion. It sounds like an SUV from General Motors.)
Mind you, Iím not saying anything about the ships themselves or the companies that run them, and Iíd take any one of them any day of the week to be at sea. Itís just that the names lack something.
But, do you have a favorite ship name from the past? A name that conjures up all the mystery, the excitement that you feel when the word ďcruiseĒ comes up? Either from a private yacht or a liner? Mine comes from a private yacht owned by Anglo-Hungarian film producer Alexander Korda back in the 50ís. It was called, simply, Elsewhere.
My absolute favorite is the name of a private yacht, owned by Walter Cronkite.
We hailed back and forth a few summers ago when it was so ^&^(*& hot that the Knapp's Narrows bridge was swollen from the heat and it wouldn't open.
Walter's boat's name: "Assignment"
Brings a whole new meaning to "Walter Cronkite is on assignment this week."
I don't think our boat's name is too bad ... "Off Line".
I have a name in mind for when we can finally spring for a BIG sailboat ... like a monster Morgan Out-Island ... "Brillig". The dink could be named "Slithy Tove". (" ''Twas brillig and the slithy tove did gyre and gimble in the wabe.")
Queeg thinks we should name such a craft "Deadline" as in, "Pam can't talk, she's on Deadline." The dink could be named "30", as in, the end of a story on a wire service.
A totally fun thing to do is to hang about in marinas and look at boat names. And just wonder what those people were thinking.