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    I’m mixed up with that one Vernon , you mean if both master and mate were she’s ? Just think if they brought the lash back . Would that be. Classed as punishment or pleasure. JS.

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    #2 Mrs Gamble looks like one of my tutors when training. No nonsense there I imagine, love the hat LOL

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    John, not sure how you would go on the modern ships, particularly the cruise ones.

    Skipper with his wife as well as a couple of senior officers.
    General crew, very often husband and wife on the same ship but in different departments.
    It works though and often is the only way they get to see each other.
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    A ship was called 'She' was because ships. like women, are unpredictable and you never know what they are going to do next!

    However I suspect a more practical reason was because the person who had overall responsibility in ye olden days was called a 'ship's husband'

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    #1 Not homophobic maybe a misogynist LOL

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    #13... works on some ships I suppose , as it did in Nelson’s time. But the standards of some ships I have been on would not be suitable. Depends what your expectations are. The ships that were being built even in my time , the accomodation was bare BOT. Even to cabin space and length and width of bunk. You won’t get a ship on the Australian Coast today without air conditioning , or you wouldn’t when I left in. 2002 The fore runners on what we called modern was thermotanks and a blower system . Might have been healthier today who knows with these weird viruses. JS

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    John, not sure about containers, though have heard they are very good, but with cruise ships you would not believe it.
    The accommodation is almost as good as it was back then for some of the bloods on board, they have a crew bar far beyond the old Pig, meals for each different nationality, a gym and swimming pool, phones enabled to make calls from any where and many other attributes.
    The only down side is that some crew cabins are below the water line.
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    Why is a ship a "she"?

    We always call a ship a "she" and not without a reason.
    For she displays a well-shaped knee regardless of the season.
    She scorns the man whose heart is faint and doesn't show 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 a gig or cruiser.
    But if you fail to tie her fast you're almost sure to lose her.
    On ships and dames we pin our hopes, we fondle them and dandle them.
    And every man must know his ropes or else he cannot handle them.

    Be firm with her and she'll behave when skies are dark above you.
    And let her take a water wave - praise her, and she'll love you.
    That's why a ship must have a mate; she needs a good provider.
    A good strong arm to keep her straight, to comfort her and guide her.

    For such she'll brace the roughest gales and angry seas that crowd her.
    And in a brand new suit of sails no dame looks any prouder.
    The ship is like a dame in that she's feminine and swanky;
    You'll find the one that's broad and fat is never mean and cranky.

    Yes ships are ladylike indeed, for take them altogether
    the ones that show a lot of speed can't stand the roughest weather.

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    JS to avoid going off topic - I have created a new Thread ' Ships Accommodation - your experiences ' and moved your post to it. Should be an interesting Thread.
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    Hi Victoria, they already had a name Trans Pacific, Trans Atlantic!!!!
    As for wives at sea, on my first ship the Skipper had his wife aboard, very nice motherly type, everyone liked her and was on their best behavior when she was around.
    Not so on the British Builder where the skipper brought his new bride, an ex school teacher both in their fifties, she interfered in everything on deck, even complaining to the Mate about the fact that we hadn't done the painting properly. We held the ship up in Durban for four days, until they sent her home, got hammered by the South African police , put two blokes in hospital one with ruptured kidney, that was after about four months we were eventually out for twelve. One thing it made my mind up to emigrate to NZ.
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