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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_in_English

A system of grammatical gender, whereby every noun was treated as either masculine, feminine or neuter, existed in Old English, but fell out of use during the Middle English period. Modern English retains features relating to natural gender, namely the use of certain nouns and pronouns (such as he and she) to refer ... used when referring to ships (and more uncommonly some airplanes and  ...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_and_children_first

Women and children first is a code of conduct dating from 1852, whereby the lives of women ... "Back from the boats," [Captain Harrington] shouts, catchin' up the ... Murdoch took it to mean women and children first, while Lightoller took it to  ...

english.stackexchange.com/questions/46807/what-is-the-gender-of-an-aircraft

If one were to decide to infer gender onto an aircraft, female would be the obvious ... Aircraft are usually referred to as "she", just like ships.

www.glossophilia.org/?p=1411

Mar 30, 2013 ... “A ship is called a she because there is always a great deal of bustle around her; there ... “Ships are referred to as 'she' because men love them, but this ... If an aircraft carrier, she will look in a mirror when about to be arrested, ...

www.boatsafe.com/kids/kidsquesshe.htm

Connie asks: I am trying to find out why boats are always referred to as the female gender.. When and why did this practice start? According to Yarns of the Sea, ...

www.quora.com/Why-are-vehicles-always-referred-to-as-a-she

This can be for a number of reasons. When they are named, some males think of the vehicle as ... While ships are not as common a mode of transportation for civilians any longer, in the American and British armed forces, active ships are still ...

www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/feb/01/ask-grown-up-boats-called-she

Feb 1, 2014 ... Dr Pieter van der Merwe, naval historian at the National Maritime Museum, answers eight-year-old Charlotte's question.

answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080412014750AABkIJO

Because one way or another, they cost a lot of money ...

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1388373/Lloyds-List-sinks-the-tradition-of-calling-ships-she.html

Mar 21, 2002 ... A spokesman for the Royal Navy said it would continue to refer to ships as female . It traditionally chooses masculine or geographical names, ...

boatbuilders.glen-l.com/3534/why-are-boats-named-after-women

Dec 9, 2011 ... While it is not known exactly why ships are named after female figures, ... many inanimate objects such as boats referred to in the feminine form.