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    Article: Ship's name "Titanic"

    Hello,

    Is a ship's name treated like a person's name? Do we need "the" in front of the name?

    Titanic is one of the most well-known ships in modern history.

    And do I have to italicise the ship's name? I have seen it done in print and on the net. I know that books' names are often italicised or used with quotation marks. What about ships' names?

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    Re: Article: Ship's name "Titanic"

    Both versions are seen and heard. Click here to see a frequency of use chart.

    Ships' names are usually italicised.



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    Last edited by Rover_KE; 26-Jun-2014 at 11:46.

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    Re: Article: Ship's name "Titanic"

    Isn't there a problem with that chart? Wouldn't you have to subtract the lower chart from the upper to find the actually usage of "Titanic" alone? I suspect that every time "The Titanic" appears, it's counted once for 'Titanic' and once for "The Titanic" - ie. there are two counts, one for each term, making the count for "Titanic" twice as large as it should be. The chart certainly looks that way.

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    Re: Article: Ship's name "Titanic"

    I would use the.

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    Re: Article: Ship's name "Titanic"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I would use the.
    Me, too.

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    Re: Article: Ship's name "Titanic"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Isn't there a problem with that chart? Wouldn't you have to subtract the lower chart from the upper to find the actually usage of "Titanic" alone? I suspect that every time "The Titanic" appears, it's counted once for 'Titanic' and once for "The Titanic" - ie. there are two counts, one for each term, making the count for "Titanic" twice as large as it should be. The chart certainly looks that way.
    I am not a teacher.

    I agree with that, and since the ship known as the Titanic was finished in 1912 the first century of that chart is pretty worthless. Thereafter, the two uses are neck and neck until the film Titanic (without the article) was released in 1997 giving it a slight edge.

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    Re: Article: Ship's name "Titanic"

    I certainly use "the" before the names of ships. Navy ships too.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Article: Ship's name "Titanic"

    Regarding navy ships. In Britain, a naval ship is called HMS Someship, and in Australia, HMAS Someothership. It sounds wrong to say "He sailed on the HMS Someship (the her majesty's ship Someship), although "He sailed on the Someship" sounds OK.
    "The mutiny on the Bounty" but "The mutiny on HMS Bounty". But I could be wrong in practice.

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    Re: Article: Ship's name "Titanic"

    The starship Enterprise.
    I did my midshipman training on the USS El Paso, or the El Paso. Two years later, I was on the O'Bannon, a Spruance-class destroyer, named after the first ship in the class, the Spruance.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 27-Jun-2014 at 01:02.
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    Re: Article: Ship's name "Titanic"

    The USS Arizona was one of the battleships sunk at Pearl Harbor.

    http://www.pearlharbor.org/ships-and-aircraft.asp



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