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Why is a Ship Called She?

Sailing Tales or Salty Lies

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, and it takes a lot of paint to keep her good looking.

It is not the initial expense that breaks you, it is the upkeep.

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, she always heads for the bouys.

This little story was handed to us by a Sailor from Bowen North Queensland who was visiting our shop here in Airlie Beach.  Grotty Yachty is about tee shirts with a sailing theme in the design.  Many of the nautical designs are based on epic sailing tales.  For example Powder and Paint was based on this very question of Why is a Ship called She?