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    Smile ships and boats

    From its banks (the River Thames), I saw many ships and boats sailing on the river, but there was also something shocking in the water--a giant battleship! The old Her Majesty's Ship Belfast served in WWII and the Korean War. Now it's a floating museum.

    To begin with, what are the variances between ships and boats?
    Second, I presume Her Majesty refers to the Queen, but I wonder why it's not My Majesty but Her/Your Majesty. For us, common people, the Queen or King should be My Majesty according to my premature logic. Would you shed some light? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    From its banks (the River Thames), I saw many ships and boats sailing on the river, but there was also something shocking in the water--a giant battleship! The old Her Majesty's Ship Belfast served in WWII and the Korean War. Now it's a floating museum.

    To begin with, what are the variances between ships and boats?
    Second, I presume Her Majesty refers to the Queen, but I wonder why it's not My Majesty but Her/Your Majesty. For us, common people, the Queen or King should be My Majesty according to my premature logic. Would you shed some light? Thanks.
    Ships are large ocean-going boats

    "Her Majesty's Ship" (HMS) is the British title to all its war ships. So HMS Belfast (in short form) is the name of the ship.

    In Canada, since The Queen of England is theoretically our monarch as well, our war vessels have HMCS in their name as in HMCS Calgary - a Canadian frigate

    HMCS stands for Her Majesty's Canadian Ship

    You cannot get creative with such titles.

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    Default Re: ships and boats

    The difference between ships and boats is one of those things that is not easily defined. Look here: The Straight Dope: What's the difference between a boat and a ship?

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