Ship gender

It's traditional in English to refer to ships using female pronouns.

I've known that all my life, but I think this is the first time I've consciously noticed a case of a ship bearing a male name being referred to as female: I listed carefully to the lyrics of the song "The Leaving of Liverpool" this evening, and noticed this line:

Davy Crockett is her name

This phenomenon is common enough that Wikipedia even mentions it. But I was nonetheless amused.

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