venerdì 5 dicembre 2008

WHY IS A SHIP CALLED 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 about, she has a waist and stays; it takes a lot of paint to keep her good looking; it is not the initial expense that breaks you, it is the upkeep; she can be all decked out; it takes on experienced man to handle her correctly; and without a man at helm, she is absolutely uncontrollable. She shows her topsides, hides her bottom and, when coming into port, always heads for the buoys.
(versi ballata tradizionale irlandese)

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