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Old 03-06-2007, 08:14 PM
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When I was a kid, I learned that the difference between a ship and a boat is a ship can hold a boat on board but a boat cannot hold a ship on board. Is this basically correct?
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When I was a kid, I learned that the difference between a ship and a boat is a ship can hold a boat on board but a boat cannot hold a ship on board. Is this basically correct?
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Old 03-06-2007, 08:19 PM
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That is exactly the way I have heard guys in white uniforms with a lot of stuff on the epaulets explain it to guys in shorts with wing tips and dark knee socks.

It must be correct.
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Old 03-06-2007, 08:39 PM
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Dab gum it, the imagery you just created tickled the crud out of me. I have, for years, characterized the typical tourist from Kansas (sorry folks) visiting Yosemite with pasty white skin, bermuda shorts, a "happy face"
t-shirt, black socks, deck shoes, and a Disneyland fishing hat with a camera (poloroid) dangling around his neck!

I once said that to one of my college professors who quickly informed me that he and Mrs. Rombold were from Kansas.
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A Ship has Boats attached to the side in case it sinks.

A Boat has a flotation device if lucky thrown your way.
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IŽll give you the explanation from the Radiance Captain, because heŽs always upset, when people name his ship a boat.

A ship has a norwegian captain, a boat has a frustrated husband,

Not my words, but I like the explanation.

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A Ship has berths and a destination.

A Boat floats.
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IŽll give you the explanation from the Radiance Captain, because heŽs always upset, when people name his ship a boat.

A ship has a norwegian captain, a boat has a frustrated husband,

Not my words, but I like the explanation.

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I'm not sure what it means but I like it.

Being ex Navy the definition in the original post is what I understand to be correct. But it is not always intuitive. I was on the Thomas Hart a Destroyer Escort that had 138 men and carried ASROC missles. It was classified by the Navy as a BOAT. I suppose you could pick it up and place it on the deck of a Carrier if you wanted.
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I'll add to the guy in shorts and black socks and give him flip-up sunglasses and a pocket protector. That completes the image for me.

I'm thinking about the movie, "Das Boot" and wondering if in German a sub can be called a boat.
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I'm thinking about the movie, "Das Boot" and wondering if in German a sub can be called a boat.


Chef Ken,

the German word for "submarine" is "Unterseeboot", which indeed means "Underseas Boat".

On the other hand it's "river boat" in English but "Flußschiff" ("river ship") in German.

I have never heard somebody using the term "Boot" ("boat") for a cruise ship in German.
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