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A while back, when I researched the matter of a "man-of-war" possibly being referred to as "he," I came up ... have to refer to it as 'he'" may have been German, and was thus referring to German, not English, usage.

I know that Russians refer to their own ships as "he".

US Navy usage has own ship as "she", all other ships as "he", even when the CO is known to be female.
Why? As has been said, history, superstition. As to warships being "she" the famous quote (by Nimitz among others) might apply: "Ships are called 'she' because it costs so much to keep them in paint and powder."
Steve

www.thepaxamsolution.com
(Jumping in mid-thread...) Present tense of read = read (pron. "reed"). Past tense of read = read (pron. "red"). But... ... course gives the correct pronunciation, but may lead one to believe that it refers to a zeppelin being towed (led).

We think not so deeply.
"Ion Butterfly", anyone?

The yammer of the dogs,
Will drive our shops to new brands,
Fightin' o'er thing in sky,
Alicia, I am commiinngngg!
Students: Are you brave enough to let our tutors analyse your pronunciation?
Apologies? Good God, I'd never be off my knees ... (A Cornish Anglo-Saxon gives one a bit of pause, eh?)

There are two CBs in this hread, so no wonder. The one who signs like that and me, who doesn't ... may be an exception to the implied rule, but I suspect is only because of the fame of Sir Walter.

Makes sense. It's not very helpful to refer to someone as "that local guy", is it?