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Larry Truthan

Propeller
Scow
yawl
side wheeler
stern wheeler
lifeboat
surfboat
skipjack
barquentine
motoryacht
self-unloader
sandsucker
fish-tug

Larry Truthan

1000-footer
Catboat
Whaleback

ThomasBHickey

Some of these were already covered by the regular expressions. Here are counts for new ships in Larry's suggestions:

propeller 0
scow 28
yawl 27
side wheeler 1
stern wheeler 0
lifeboat 0
surfboat 0
skipjack 2
barquentine 1
motoryacht 0
self-unloader 12
sandsucker 0
fish-tug 0
1000-footer 0
catboat 0
whaleback 17

--Th

Ross O'Neil

Thom, I've followed your blogs on ships with interest. Now that you have gathered all these ships together (which was a great achievement in itself - well done!), perhaps an even more daunting task will be to unravel them. Take the example of Sydney, a popular name for HM Australian Ships of the 20th c. There have been 4 I think (2 cruisers, a frigate and an aircraft carrier). A search in WA under Sydney Ship finds only a few entries and this may be because the LC authority is n84169068 'Sydney (Ship)'. This is an unused form of heading in the Australian NBD authority file which identifies them separately. What are your thoughts as to how to proceed with this task?

Response:
Probably the ideal way to proceed is to extend the VIAF to corporate names (including ships). That would help identify places where one name is essentially an undifferntiate form.
--Th

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