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Frank Scott
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    This old story is a storm in a teacup. Mariner’s Mirror, like Lloyd’s List has adopted a House Style which includes neutral reference to ships. For an international historical journal this makes a lot of sense because in many other countries the traditions are different, or gendering has become a battleground. For example the Germans make some ships masculine, such as Peter von Danzig, and (officially at least) the WW2 battleship Bismarck. The Russians seem to use the masculine, and the French vary with the gender of the name (male names = masculine). Personally I have always found it slightly amusing that ships named after male heroes like Nelson & Rodney are referred to as ‘she’.