I have problems with a text that I'm just now reading:

"One ship through at 0120 hours, the S.S. West Corona, Greek owned, Liberian flag; she'd called in her position from out to the west, headed south towards Seattle."

What I'm not well understood is:

- "She", ¿what does mean exactly? . Maybe that the ship is female?
- "She'd called in her position ..." Is "she" making a call for give "her" position?
- "... from out to the west". From where exactly?

Thanks for this site. It's very interesting ... and amusing.

All ships and boats are traditionally called 'she'. This is about the only instance of using gender for an object that I can think of in English.

The radio operator on the ship (she) contacted them to give their position.
Yes, in English you refer to a ship by "she", not "it".
Well, the ship didn't call herselfEmotion: smile, someone onboard made the call, but since the call was received from the ship, you can safely say that "she" called in her position.
From somewhere to the West.