Sunday, July 17, 2005

Notes from Greenwich


"All I need is a tall ship and a star to stear her by..."
-John Masefield


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 around her; she has a waist and wears stays; it takes a lot of paint to keep her young looking; it's not the initial expense that breaks you, but the upkeep; she can be all decked out; it takes an experienced man to handle her correctly but without a man at the helm she is absolutely uncontrolable; and when coming into a new port she always heads for the buoys.

4 comments:

Mark said...

Ha, that's hilarious. Thanks; where did it come from?

Filia Dei said...

A Tea towel in the 'Nautica' store in Greenwich, UK. I copied it into my journal whilst I pretending to be officiously examining the spy glasses...

Kelly Jo said...

That's hysterical. Lots of other examples of things traditionally refered to in the feminine come to mind too- hmmm, one could have some fun with that. :)

Filia Dei said...

Really? Please share with those of us less clever!!