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Old 09-10-2008, 23:33   #1
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S.S. - Steam Ship or Sailing Ship?

There is an ongoing debate on our dock about if S.S. (As in SS Minnow) stands for Sailing Ship or Steam Ship.

I trust someone here will have the real answer.
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Old 09-10-2008, 23:43   #2
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I was always under the impression that S.S. stood for Steam Ship.. This is coming from old sea dogs and naval personnel that I know. Just what I heard.. Would like to hear from other well aged sea dogs..
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Old 09-10-2008, 23:54   #3
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on lake wakatipu in new zealand there is a steamship which runs for tourists, its called the t.s.s. earnslaw and according to the leaflets about the history of the boat t.s.s. stands for twin screw steamer, so i would imagine s.s. stood for steam ship
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I always thought SS was Steam Ship and SV was Sailing Vessel.
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Just speculation, but since sailing was the predominant from of propulsion for ships until steam came along. Could it be that sailing ships didn't have a designation, apart from their names and steam ships, when they arrived, used S.S. to differentiate them from sailing ships. Then of course followed the designations of M.V. and S.V.
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Here's a nice compilation at Wiki...

Ship prefix - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Here's a nice compilation at Wiki...

Ship prefix - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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What a great article. Thanks for the link.
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There was the SS America to the SS Yosemite............ and so on.

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SS = steam ship SV= sailing vessel MV=motor vessel. At least in this day and age.
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