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Ships

Post by Stevenloan » Wed Apr 15, 2020 4:49 am

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- Hi everyone! What do you call the wooden round tall things next to the ships?

Thanks very much!

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Post by Erik_Kowal » Wed Apr 15, 2020 11:00 pm

Those are mooring posts.

Incidentally, those are not ships but boats (specifically, they are cabin cruisers).

Ships are large vessels defined primarily in terms of their size, and secondarily by the fact that they are mostly seagoing vessels rather than freshwater craft.
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Post by Phil White » Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:44 pm

Erik_Kowal wrote:
Wed Apr 15, 2020 11:00 pm
Ships are large vessels defined primarily in terms of their size, and secondarily by the fact that they are mostly seagoing vessels rather than freshwater craft.
Unless they are submarines in the Royal Navy, in which case they are always "boats".

While Erik's explanation generally holds true, many people use "boat" as a generic term for vessels of all sizes. But the term "ship" is virtually always reserved for large vessels designed to carry large amounts of passengers or cargo. That said, as Erik intimated, passenger and cargo vessels used on rivers and smaller lakes are generally called "boats", even if they are larger than some of their seagoing cousins. On larger lakes, such as the Great Lakes of the USA, or even Lake Constance in Europe, large vessels will be called ships.

But the principle is relatively simple: Wherever you decide to put the boundary between a "ship" and a "boat", about half of all native speakers will disagree with you!
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Post by Stevenloan » Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:14 am

Erik and Phil White : Thank you both so much for your help. I really appreciate it.

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Post by Bobinwales » Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:44 am

I spent almost 30 years pf my working life in the Shipping industry, and I always quote the Chief Docks Foreman of Swansea Docks, Sid Osborne, when it comes to this argument. "A boat goes on the boat deck; a ship goes on the sea". (Except submarines of course!)
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