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Old 10th March 2014, 05:33
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Ships and names in Ukrainian

In the English speaking world it is common to see "S.S." before the name of a ship (I understand that this means "Steam Ship" and can apply even to modern ships which are not steam powered.

Is there a Ukrainian equivalent to this designation or are ships just called by their names?

Also ships are regarded as feminine ie "She was a fast ship".

Is there a similar situation in Ukrainian or is a ship an "it"?

Thanks for your input.

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Old 11th March 2014, 06:18
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Very interesting question. I'm curious in the answer myself.

I doesn't appear to be that way. It looks like most ships are named after cities/regions.

List of active Ukrainian Navy ships - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I'm looking at the military site and it mentions the ship name by describing the ship and then putting it's name in quotes.

In terms of whether it's regarded in feminine or object form, I'm not sure yet. But I can see on the English version of the site, they refer to them as "she". Just not sure how they're referred to in Ukrainian.

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Old 19th March 2014, 20:34
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- true - most Ukrainian ships are named after cities - or famous people.

- about gender - it differs. General "vessel" is neuter ("it"), big ships (navy, trade or passanger) - "he", but brigantine, yaht and barge - "she... - and - general "boat" is "he", but bumboat - "she"
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My family and I came to America on a military carrier and we called it a в╕йськовий корабель = viyskoviy korabelle. Technically it translates to military big boat - ship. Ukrainian immigrants came over on a korabelle = ship. That is what they would have referred to it as. It is neuter gender and pronoun for korabelle is IT. It did have a name attached to it.
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Old 1st April 2014, 02:26
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Ships and names in Ukrainian

Thanks to all who responded.

I'm going with the plain "ship name" and it is an "it"!

Ernie
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