Now a ship name might identify, something as easy with a number, they started as a blessing to the ship. It became alive. Eyes were painted on the bow to help it see. The figurehead was a statue of tge living sprite
Ships are ‘she’ and ‘her’
Constitution or Victory have little or nothing at all of the ships that sled down the waves, yet still live. Just as you have been all replaced every few years since your birth, yet is still you.
It ceases to be an inanimate object when you name it
It’s your girl, many old guns did have ladies names, it’s your friend, it’s Bull Thrower. or Ol’ Never Miss.
on a cold night in the tall timber it’s your truest companion. It’s Excalibur, it’s Sting. Named it’s a pet, a loyal dog ever at your service.