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..
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
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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