The difference between a ship and a ship.

Probably every child asked his parents a question: what is the difference between a ship and a ship? The question seems easy, but it very simply puts educated adults in an awkward position, because often we do not think about elementary things. Therefore, today we will try to illuminate the question of what are the main differences between a ship and a ship. To understand the difference between the two flotation devices, you need to know the definitions of each.


A ship is a sea or naval vessel of various classes. The concept of "ship" comes from the Greek word "karabos", which is translated into Russian as "ship". Because of this, confusion can arise between two identical concepts.

The main types of ships are frigates, cruisers, corvettes, boats, destroyers, mine-sweeping ships. In most cases, ships are used for military purposes. For example, earlier cruisers were used to capture enemy merchant ships. Thanks to the power and strength of propeller-driven ships, it was not difficult to catch up with the enemy. Today, ships are used only for military purposes, which is enshrined in the dictionary of naval terminology.



According to dictionaries, the concept of "ship" comes from the word "vessel", which is translated from English as " vessel". A ship is a floating craft used primarily for the transport of goods or the carriage of passengers. This concept is by definition broader than the term "ship". In other words, floating facilities such as a catamaran and a pedal boat can be called a vessel, but in no case can they be classified as ships.



Based on the definitions presented, it is possible to single out the main features by which the ship differs from the vessel. First, the main difference between a ship and a ship is its structure. No wonder in the past a vehicle was called a ship, which had a closed deck.

Secondly, the ship is a word derived from the Greek language from the word "karabos". That is why the Greeks called the ships with the "pot-bellied" shape of the deck, crabs. In Russian, this word stuck, so ships began to call any ship, regardless of its type. Thirdly, in most cases, a warship carries weapons. Although this item is not a prerequisite.

Fourthly, each ship should have its own symbolism, which allows you to determine under whose leadership a particular water vehicle is. Each warship has its own flag and tail number. Fifth, if the ship is of the military type, then it must be headed by an officer who is an active employee of the Russian navy. An officer is supervised by personnel who are also subject to military discipline.


  1. The vessel can be both civil and military. But the ship will never be civil.
  2. The main purpose of the ships is to protect the sovereignty of this or that state. Most of the ships are used to carry passengers or goods.
  3. The ship is under the direction of an officer, to whom the crew is under military oath.
  4. The ship has special military symbols that allow you to determine the belonging of the floating craft to a particular fleet.
  5. In most cases, the ship carries weapons, but there is none on a civilian ship.