For centuries, exploring the seas and oceans represented an important aspect of civilization and growth. Recently, boating has turned more in to a pastime instead of a necessity in which pleasure and hobby takes precedent.
One of the most common and important traditions to boaters everywhere is the naming of the captain’s vessel. But, ever wonder why these names are majority feminine names? Although there is no definite answer to that question, a few theories arise.
One hypothesizes that boats were named after goddesses and other mythical figures, and later shifted to popular feminine names as recognition of gods and goddesses faded.
Second, another theory arose based on multiple European languages and complex definitions and descriptions of gender. Olde English used a system of naming inanimate objects such as boats referred to in the feminine form. Even as the English language and culture evolved this tradition stuck around.
Naming a vessel is an important tradition before the launch of the ship. The majority of vessels are named after important female figures, either historical or personal, with the names majority of the time representing important women in the captain’s life.
The most important activity after purchasing a boat…the naming process! This is a big decision for the captain, because his boat will be known by this name for the rest of its existence. After the name is given, the sea mother is supposed to watch over the vessel just as a mother watches over her children. The feminine name offers safety and protection to the vessel which makes this decision crucial. Once the name is chosen, a blessing will be given for the first maiden voyage by the feminine figure being named after or the sea mother.
CEBC currently has 9 boats, but all have a feminine name and a story behind them!
Our President Ron Silvia decided to name all his boats after important female figures in his life,
And this led to our boat names: Miss Chloe, Auntie Mimi, Miss Amy, Mighty Marie, Lady Dorothy, Lady Kathy, Lady Sally, Lady Judy, and last but not least Tizzy Lizzy.
Ron spoke about his decision to name the boats and the importance behind his choices,
“I named my boats after meaningful women in my life and my business partner’s life. The first two boats were Lady Judy and Miss Chloe which were named after my daughter Chloe and my partner’s wife Judy.”
Ron was asked to comment on which boat name had the most meaning and couldn’t decide as all the boat names have a special and important meaning. The boats were named as an honor to the important women in his life.
Ron did not want to name his boats after overused cliches or use clever word play, but instead he believes the right way to name boats is after important women in his personal life and names which represent part of his business.
CEBC started with a meaningful partnership between Ron and his mentor Greg, while the meaningful names soon followed.
The tradition of feminine watercraft naming remains largely speculative, but our President, Captain Ron, knows exactly why our boats have the specific feminine names on the back!