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Old 01-10-2011, 09:38 AM
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I'm currently working on a fantasy story that begins with a trip on a riverboat, specifically the kind with a large paddle wheel in the back. My problem is, although it's not all that large(houses roughly 30 people) I keep wanting to call it a ship. Constantly referring to it as a boat feels awkward. Can a large riverboat be called a ship without being silly?

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Originally Posted by RaisaNine View Post
Can a large riverboat be called a ship without being silly?
Generally speaking, ships ply the briny deep. Boats work inland waterways.
Callin' her (What's 'er name, anyway?) a Paddle Wheeler, at times, is quite acceptable and somewhat required given the form of her propulsion.

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Generally most boats and ships are given a name; I live on a narrowboat (or canal barge as many people seem to insist on calling it, although that is something very different). Our boat is called "Domino", and generally amoung the community of those living aboard narrowboats, their boat is always referred to by name. You might find naming your riverboat and always referring to her by name an easy way of avoiding slips in boating terminology.
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Thanks for the tips. I did intend to name it, though I still haven't decided what exactly. I guess I should get on that and my problem will be solved.
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Technically speaking, a ship is any large watercraft that floats on water. A riverboat, while called a riverboat, can in fact be termed a ship. But when we think of ships, we usually think of those grand, freakishly large boats/ship, like cargo ships or cruise ships. Doesn't really matter. As long as you clarify what it is in the beginning, you can call it what you like.
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Originally Posted by RaisaNine View Post
Thanks for the tips. I did intend to name it, though I still haven't decided what exactly. I guess I should get on that and my problem will be solved.
Have a look at this site for riverboat names

http://www.riverboatdaves.com/
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