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


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!