Why we call a ship 'SHE'

Apr 18, 2011, 5:06 AM |


Why is a ship called 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.




We always call a ship a "she" and not without good reason,
For she displays a well-shaped stern regardless of the season,
She scorns the man whose heart is faint and does not give him pity,
And like a girl she needs the paint to keep her looking pretty.


For love she'll brace the ocean vast, be she tramp ship or a liner,
But if you fail to tie her fast you sure that you will lose her,

Be firm with her and she’ll behave, when clouds are dark above you,
And let her take the water wave, praise her and she will love you.


For she will take the roughest seas, and angry waves that crowd her,
And in a brand new coat of paint, no girl looks any prouder,
The ship is like a girl at that, she’s feminine and swanky,
You’ll find the one that’s broad and fat, is never mean and cranky.


On ships and girls we pin our hopes, we fondle and we love them,
And every man must know his ropes or else he cannot handle them,
Yes, ships are lady like indeed, for take them all together,
The ones that show a lot of speed, can’t stand the roughest weather.


That’s why we call a ship a ‘she’