submarine <sails?>

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  • PaulQ

    English - England
    To sail is usually avoided in preference for "patrol, hunt, glide, lurk, be, slip through, etc. But submarines "sail/set sail for <insert place> in the way that we still "dial" numbers on phones that have no dial..."


    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    As PaulQ says, submarines are often said to 'sail', but in many contexts a different verb is preferred.

    If you have a sentence in mind, you should post it here. :)


    Senior Member
    English - US (Midwest)
    I'm pretty sure that RM1(SS)'s avatar is a badge worn by people who have qualified to serve on submarines in the U.S. Navy. So if he actually holds that badge, he knows what the normal usage is.
    Nuclear reactors just produce heat; they can't turn drive shafts by themselves. You'll find that all marine nuclear propulsion uses that heat... to produce steam to drive steam turbines. :)
    Yep - nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers are just high-tech steamships.

    One of the required things in the log entry at midnight every day when a sub* is at sea is "Miles steamed: XXX" (XXX being the number of miles the boat traveled that day).

    * Probably a surface ship as well, but I've no experience there.
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