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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/Wooden_Ships

“Wooden Ships” is a song written and composed by David Crosby, Paul Kantner, and Stephen Stills, of which versions were eventually recorded both by Crosby, Stills & Nash and by Jefferson Airplane; ... A man from one side stumbles upon a man (or woman, as in Jefferson Airplane's version) from the other side and asks ...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aircraft_carrier

An aircraft carrier is a warship that serves as a seagoing airbase, equipped with a full-length ..... During World War II, these ships would become known as fleet carriers. ..... The primary function of this angled deck is to allow aircraft that miss the arresting wires, referred to as a bolter, to become airborne again without the risk of ...

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

Oct 31, 2011 ... 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.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=670509

Maybe it's because only men operated first ships, then a/cs. Anyway, I am a girl ... In French they are also referred to as "she". In Turkish we do ...

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

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 referred to as ...

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.