Monday, 2 June 2008

Steady as she sails...


I spotted this poster while at ALAM early last week. I guess most mariners would know this one by heart.







Why is a ship called `she’?
A ship is called a "she" because.....
  • there is always a great deal of bustle around her;
  • there is usually a gang of men about;
  • she has a waist and stays;
  • it takes a lot of paint to keep her good looking;
  • it's not the initial expense that breaks you, it's the upkeep!
  • she can be all decked out;
  • it takes an experienced man to handle her correctly;
  • and without a man at the helm, she is absolutely uncontrollable.
  • She shows her topsides and hides her bottom, and
  • when coming into port, always heads for the buoys.
Queen of the Netherlands, a 173m long trailer dredger on duty at Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Johor, 2003

3 comments:

eddy said...

Bro, interesting story about the "she", but the Queen of Netherlands does look familiar, macam pernah nampak jugalah.

Oldstock said...

Pic of Vasco da Gama was better but I chose this one because of the female name.

Emila Yusof said...

Cool facts! Now I know why a ship is a 'she'. Thanks for sharing!