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'The Booth Steamshipi Company lias chosen the names of saints.and .fathers of .the Church for their vessels—Ambrose,' Hiklebrand, Antony, etc.; while Messrs' Alfred Holt and Company, the owners of the famous Blue Funnel Line, hnvo gone to Greek literature for ■ their titles, and have selected such names as Nestor, Sarpedon, Ascanius, etc. Messrs Lamport aiid Holt, another largo line, call their ships after famous artists, poets, and authors, and among them may be mentioned the Titian, Voltaire, and.; Vauban. Still ■jtnore. shipowners have simplified their choice by choosing' words beginning with a- pai'ticular letter. The Client %me, for example, use words beginning wifiii 0, Otrazito', Orvietb, while; ou'e firm, Messrs Turner, Brightman, arid Co., have gone for names for their 15 large ships to the last letter of the alphabet, and wo find such dissimilar titles as Zeno. Zephyrus, and Zone. But the most ingenious method of naming ships was that employed by- Messrs Pinkney and Go., a British firm, who called their seven original, vessels' by names commencing with the initial' letters ' forming, an acrostic of their own: namej ; They we're the Prodeno. Idaho, Nebo. Jvaro,, Nisero, Erato, and Yesso'.j The longest single name to be. found rfri ■Lloyd's register is thnt of a British' ship owned at Jaffna. She is called the Thandauthapanirraravy, ' a terrible mnuthful. but the naiMe of her' caD-' tain is very'nearly as bad. being Mail-, vaganam Cooinnrnswav. Another Brit-' ish shin; the ,-Thiro. Nada Rasa SivaIcama^ Siintharfi'" Letchemy, ar, awfni combinntion of syllfbles, ■■ is also owned by■■ a•'■■ Jafrna firm, but from-ovrvown; particular point of view we shoul«i...fa?j prefer the simple cognomen of; MaW Jane. ■ ■..'

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SOURCES OF NAMES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8816, 12 March 1914

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SOURCES OF NAMES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8816, 12 March 1914