HMS St Albans will escort the ship carrying the veterans across the channel (Picture: MOD).
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Could Ships And Boats Become Gender Neutral?

A museum will stop referring to ships and boats as "she" in an attempt to make vessels gender neutral.

HMS St Albans will escort the ship carrying the veterans across the channel (Picture: MOD).

Sailing vessels have been referred to as female and given feminine names for centuries (Picture: MOD).

A museum will stop referring to ships and boats as "she" in an attempt to make vessels gender neutral.

The decision taken by the Scottish Maritime Museum follows acts of vandalism at the museum in Irvine, Ayrshire.

The words "she" and "her" on a sign explaining the history of one of the vessels were scratched out by an offended vandal.

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As a result, the museum will now refer to ships and boats as "it".

"We recognise the changes in society and are committed to introducing gender-neutral interpretation," said Museum Director David Mann.

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The Royal Navy said it 'will continue to refer to its ships as she' (Picture: Royal Navy).

Due to limited funds, the museum will not be replacing all signs, but they will ensure all new signs use gender-neutral language when referring to vessels.

Mr Mann revealed this was the second time in 2019 a vandal targeted the terms on the panels.

Sailing vessels have been referred to as female and given feminine names for centuries, but over the last few years, some organisations have started referring to them as "it", including shipping publication Lloyd's List.

Responding to the news, a Royal Navy spokesperson said:

"The Royal Navy has a long tradition of referring to its ships as 'she' and will continue to do so."