Why a ship is a She?

female shipNow for a more lighthearted story. Somewhere along the way we found this maritime folklore written on a tea cloth with this explanation of why people have always referred to a ship is female.

Why a ship is a 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 is not the initial expense that breaks you, it is 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, hides her bottom and, when coming into port, always heads for the buoys.

Author Unknown

If you are insulted about this…don’t be. Sometimes life is too serious and we just need a laugh to lighten thing up.

Stay tuned for our story next week about my favorite ship in the Toronto Harbour.

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About Diane Greene

Diane Greene stepped off the corporate treadmill in 2004 for pursue a life of traveling and adventure. 10 years later she is still operating Toronto's only Boat Bed and Breakfast and travelling with her husband on Boatel, their 65 foot trawler in the US and Bahamas during the winter. Diane has three wonderful children and 3 grandbabies. Diane loves photography, travel and scuba diving.

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