The Navy considers all vessels ships; however, submarines are historically referred to as boats due to the nature of the first submarines. A boat in Naval terminology is a vessel that is launched or tended from a larger ship. The earliest submarines required support vessels to maintain and launch them, hence they were termed boats.
The term "boat" goes back to the earliest days of submarine history, when submarines were literally launched from tenders (e.g., the Turtle). A 'boat" is launched from a ship - therefore, the earliest submarines were termed "boats" since they were launched and retrieved from ships.
Today, though only DSRV's and ROV's require a support vessel for operations, independent submarines are still referred to as boats not only due to the historical term, but the fact that they still require support from a Submarine Tender while in homeport for repairs and maintenance the crew cannot perform.
As Naval history and submarine technology progressed to the point where they became independent vessels unto themselves, the traditional name stuck, though the Navy itself doesn't make a distinction - a ship is ship even if it's a black sewer pipe with a nuclear reactor that travels underwater. It's not just the tradition though - all submariners are keen on distinguishing themselves from skimmers (surface ship types), and using "boat" rather than ship is one way of doing that.
Another part of that tradition is the business founded to create famed submarine builder John Holland's submarine USS Holland (SS-1), which still exists today, which has had a large part in creating submarine history as we know it - the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., in Groton, CT.
Submariners refer to submarines as "boats" or simply as submarines.
As a former submariner, I do not refer to them as "ships" at all, only boats or submarines. There is an old saying in the submarine community:
"There are only two types of ships: submarines, and targets!"
Ship,boat,life boat,submarine and motor boat
The correct spelling is submarine (submersible boat or ship).
wierd question. Do you mean The British Navy have 20 ships or we will ship your goods tomorrow either way its ship. DO NOT call a submarine a ship as the commander will sink you, its a boat. DO NOT call a ship a boat or the captain will sink you. Where the border between boat and ship is for someone else to answer
Yes, an underwater boat (u-boat) is a German made submarine.
the U boat 'is' the German word for submarine. western nations just used submarine. U boat is short for Unterwasserboot, which translates as undersea boat or under water boat or submarine.
The same as it is in society in general - a small vessel used for traveling on water. In nautical terms, a boat can 'fit' on a ship. Think of a submarine (U-boat) as it can fit on a larger ship - like a carrier or mega tanker.
The U-20(German U-boat or submarine) sink the Lusitania the really famous passenger ship during World War 1.
A Submarine ship.
No, a U-boat is a submarine. A torpedo boat is the boat that destroys the submarine.
A submarine is an undersea boat, or submersible.
Nothing - U-boat is an abbreviation of the German word Unterseeboot, meaning Undersea Boat or Submarine.
U-Boat was the name used by the Allies for German submarines particularly during WW2. U-Boat stood for Unterseeboot, the German for submarine. Unterseeboot was actually a general term for submarines.Answer: An undersea boat or submarine. Also can be known as a German Submarine.A U-Boat or "unter see boot" is the German name for a submarine.
A submarine of the German navy.
Titanic was a ship. By definition, you can launch a boat from a ship but you can't launch a ship from a boat.
a ship floats on the water and a submarine can go underwater and on top of the water
Germany would sink anything that came near its territory using a submarine called a u-boat and then the Lusitania, a ship from America sank from the submarine.
Unterseeboot is German for submarine.
A submarine best fits the description.
A U-boat was a submarine used by Germany in World War 1 and World War 2.
Submarine - A ship designed to travel underwater used for exploration and warfare. Submarine - A sandwich that is shaped like the submarine ship, also known as a grinder or hoagie.
you dont get a submarine,you get a boat,a canoe,and the airship