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Old May 9th, 2002, 01:03 PM
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You know, something’s bothered me for quite awhile now. It’s when ships are referred to as “boats.”

How can anything that displaces 50,000+ tons of water be referred to, or even thought of, as a boat? Ships carry boats, not the other way around!

Ahhh, I feel better now! Thanks,

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Old May 9th, 2002, 01:12 PM
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Default Re: Ships, Not Boats

And well you should !!!

However, a large number of folks think anything that floats on the water is a boat.

Let's be nice to them.

Not everyone knows the precise terminology. Heck, I keep asking my husband, "Which way to the pointy end???"

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Old May 9th, 2002, 04:48 PM
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My grandson (two years old next week) thinks anything that looks like it belongs in the water is a boat. He points at TV ads for cruise lines or magazine pictures or anything else that looks like his tug boat for his bathtub and yells BOAT. How can I tell a two year old he is wrong? If Phil says it's a boat, then as far as I'm concerned it's a boat.
His older sister distinguishes between small boats and the ships we go sailing on by calling the ships, Papa's BIG boat.
Personally I think the only people who really care are the ones who own them. If it is big enough to be called a ship, and I owned it, I would probably be insulted if someone called it a boat.
Pamda, the pointy end, that's the front , right?
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Old May 9th, 2002, 06:59 PM
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Who cares what you call it if you are booked on one.
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Old May 9th, 2002, 07:20 PM
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so why didn't they call it "The Love Ship"?

same reason all the staterooms were the size of hotel suites, i guess.

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Old May 9th, 2002, 09:46 PM
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The correct definition of a ship and a boat is-----A boat is what you get into when the ship is sinking. Just a little humor, sorry.

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Old May 9th, 2002, 11:01 PM
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How about Motorized Vessel (M/V)?

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Old May 10th, 2002, 07:13 PM
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Dean

Do you get upset if someone calls a hotel a motel?
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Old May 10th, 2002, 08:23 PM
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Well... the U.S. Supreme Court tried to define pornography... one of the justices said... "I cannot define it, but I know it when I see it!"

I think the same applies to vessels... I cannot exactly define a "ship"... but I know one when I see one! And the same applies to a "boat"!

And, if we are getting technical... MV is "motor vessel" and MS is "motor ship". The difference depends entirely on the Country of registration and/or ownership. The "...ized" is not used.

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Old May 11th, 2002, 01:34 AM
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Brad,

No -- just have a love of ships, thats all!

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Old May 11th, 2002, 03:38 PM
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So why then is a submarine a "boat" weighing in at over 40,000 grosse register tonnes?
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Old May 11th, 2002, 09:48 PM
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Dean's right. What we book cruises on are SHIPS, not boats. The reason some people refer to them as "boats" is a matter of "slang" or just changes in the English language.
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Old May 12th, 2002, 03:20 PM
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I ran to my dictionary to look up the differences between "ship" and "boat". (Aren't you proud of me Mrs. Burns?) The simple disticntion we can use is that "boats" are designed for inland and shallow water usage, while "ships" are designed for oceanic use or deep water. Also, ships are larger and can carry boats.
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Old May 12th, 2002, 09:53 PM
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Another question???? Why do people (myself included) refer to a ship as "she"?
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Old May 20th, 2002, 08:30 AM
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A boat is what you get on when the ship is sinking!

The proper name off an ocean/sea-going vessel is a ship.
Boats are on lakes and rivers.

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Not when they go underwater, Anne. :o)
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