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Is there any evidence in the record as to whether or not Scandinavian raiders, commonly lumped together as Vikings, named their boats?

Asked by rojo (24176points) January 3rd, 2019

And did they refer to them in the feminine form as we presently do in the western world?

Finally, worldwide do all cultures refer to their watercraft as feminine or does it depend on the culture?

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flutherother's avatar

There’s an interesting article on Old Norse ship names here Ships didn’t have female names especially but were named after saints, birds, individuals or were simply given poetic names that sounded nice.

ragingloli's avatar

Yeah, but they constantly had issues identifying exactly which ship they were talking about.
Because they were all named “Rape” and “Pillage”.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

Maybe the feminine thing comes from the idea that this mess of wood will keep you alive, with everything it has. Because when you name it something like the “Edmund Fitzgerald,” well…boys It’s been good to know ya.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

Idolization of females goes back to prehistoric days. But none of that really answers the question.

Darth_Algar's avatar

“And did they refer to them in the feminine form as we presently do in the western world?”

We do? My father and grandfather were both watermen. Grandfather served in the Navy on a ship named the ‘William C. Cole’. Dad served in a commercial fleet on several ships of varying names, both masculine and feminine.

rojo's avatar

That it true @Darth_Algar My father spent a couple of years on a ship that was named the :Carl Schmedeman but not once did he, or any of several other seamen that I have known, ever referred to a ship as “He”, when spoken of it was always in the feminine regardless of the ships name.

ragingloli's avatar

It is well known that Bismarck was all woman.

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