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    verb for traveling per ship?

    What is the appropriate verb to use if you get somewhere by ship (I mean as a passenger, not as a crew member)?
    Can you say:
    "I got onto the ferry, and went to the island?"
    "I got onto the ferry, and drove to the island?"

    or something else entirely?

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    Re: verb for traveling per ship?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kätzchen View Post
    What is the appropriate verb to use if you get somewhere by ship (I mean as a passenger, not as a crew member)?
    Can you say:
    "I got onto the ferry, and went to the island?"
    "I got onto the ferry, and drove to the island?"

    or something else entirely?
    I got on the ferry, and went to the island.

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    Re: verb for traveling per ship?

    The verb is 'sail', even when the ship has no sails.

    Example:
    When does the QE2 sail for New York?

    On a little ship like a ferry (between islands, across estuaries) it would feel odd to say 'sail'. You'd say something like 'We took/caught the ferry across the N' (But even that sort of ferry refers, in time-tables, to 'sailings': 'There are hourly sailings between 09.00 and 17.00.') For an even smaller ferry - say a man in a rowing boat - the time-table would probably refer to a 'service' rather than a 'sailing'.

    On a sea-going ferry - say Dover-Calais - the passengers 'sail'.

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