Why is a Submarine called a Boat?????

There is a lot of chatter on the “Shipmates Reunited” Face Book page. They are asking why a submarine is referred to as a boat. Well its a rather dated use of the name boat, originally a boat/submarine was carried by a ship/submarine tender. However today the submarine is larger. much larger in fact. The  name stuck and is commonly in use today. What I have picked up from this conversation is the term “SUB”. That’s a no no! we were taught during submarine training never to call a boat, a sub? Not sure why, but it follows a similar rule in the Royal Air Force, they never refer to a aeroplane as a “Plane”. So folks this is my very useful and important Monday morning information. Please use it with care as you go through another week.  .

God Bless and keep reading


About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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