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What does SS on a ship mean?

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The term "S.S." in the name of a ship stands for "Steam Ship", if it is a surface vessel - in the Navy, "SS" stands for Submersible Ship, or submarine. All vessels have some type of prefix designator to denote the type of ship it is. For example, M/V or MV stands for Motor Vessel, SV stands for Sailing Vessel, etc.

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The prefix "SS" designation on a merchant vessel stands for Steam Ship; there are several other designations that reveal the type of propulsion the vessel uses.

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MV - Motor Vessel (vessels that run strictly on engines that do not convert water to steam for propulsion and electricity)

SV - Sailing Vessel

MT - Motor Tanker or Motor Tugboat

MSV - Motor Stand-by Vessel

There are several other prefix designations - you can view them at the link below.

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SS is short for Steam Ship, and is generally used on civilian ships. If you are thinking of USS, this stands for United States Ship.

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The prefix of a vessel's name indicates the kind of propulsion she has. SS for "Steamship," M/V for "Motor Vessel" (vessels that burn fuel in their engines.)

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In naval terminology, SS stands for Steam Ship.

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The ss stands for steamship.

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Sailing Ship or Steam Ship.

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SS stands for steam ship

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Steam Ship

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