The main difference between Ship and Boat is that the Ship is a large buoyant watercraft and Boat is a smaller watercraft.
A ship is a large watercraft that travels the world’s oceans and other sufficiently deep waterways, carrying passengers or goods, or in support of specialized missions, such as defense, research and fishing. Historically, a “ship” was a sailing vessel with at least three square-rigged masts and a full bowsprit. Ships are generally distinguished from boats, based on size, shape, load capacity, and tradition.
Ships have been important contributors to human migration and commerce. They have supported the spread of colonization and the slave trade, but have also served scientific, cultural, and humanitarian needs. After the 15th century, new crops that had come from and to the Americas via the European seafarers significantly contributed to the world population growth. Ship transport is responsible for the largest portion of world commerce.
As of 2016, there were more than 49,000 merchant ships, totaling almost 1.8 billion dead weight tons. Of these 28% were oil tankers, 43% were bulk carriers, and 13% were container ships.
A boat is a watercraft of a large range of type and size. Ships are generally distinguished from boats based on their larger size, shape, and cargo or passenger capacity.
Small boats are typically found on inland waterways such as rivers and lakes, or in protected coastal areas. However, some boats, such as the whaleboat, were intended for use in an offshore environment. In modern naval terms, a boat is a vessel small enough to be carried aboard a ship. Anomalous definitions exist, as bulk freighters 1,000 feet (300 m) long on the Great Lakes being known as oreboats.
Boats vary in proportion and construction methods due to their intended purpose, available materials, or local traditions. Canoes have been used since prehistoric times and remain in use throughout the world for transportation, fishing, and sport. Fishing boats vary widely in style partly to match local conditions. Pleasure craft used in recreational boating include ski boats, pontoon boats, and sailboats. House boats may be used for vacationing or long-term residence. Lighters are used to convey cargo to and from large ships unable to get close to shore. Lifeboats have rescue and safety functions.
Boats can be propelled by manpower (e.g. rowboats and paddle boats), wind (e.g. sailboats), and motor (both gasoline and diesel fueled).
A water-borne vessel generally larger than a boat.
A vessel which travels through any medium other than across land, such as an airship or spaceship.
A sailing vessel with three or more square-rigged masts.
A dish or utensil (originally fashioned like the hull of a ship) used to hold incense.
The third card of the Lenormand deck.
A fictional romantic relationship between two characters, either real or themselves fictional.
To send by water-borne transport.
To send (a parcel or container) to a recipient (by any means of transport).
“to ship freight by railroad”
To release a product to vendors; to launch.
“Our next issue ships early next year.”
“The developers had to ship the game two weeks late.”
To engage to serve on board a vessel.
“to ship seamen”
“I shipped on a man-of-war.”
To embark on a ship.
To put in its place.
“to ship the tiller or rudder”
To take in (water) over the sides of a vessel.
“We were shipping so much water I was sure we would capsize.”
To pass (from one person to another).
“Can you ship me the ketchup?”
To go all in.
To trade or send a player to another team.
“Twins ship Delmon Young to Tigers.”
To bungle a kick and give the opposing team possession.
To support or approve of a fictional romantic relationship between two characters, either real or themselves fictional, typically in fan fiction.
“I ship Kirk and Spock in “Star Trek”.”
“I ship Peggy and Angie in “Marvel’s Agent Carter”.”
A craft used for transportation of goods, fishing, racing, recreational cruising, or military use on or in the water, propelled by oars or outboard motor or inboard motor or by wind.
A full house.
A vehicle, utensil, or dish somewhat resembling a boat in shape.
“a stone boat;”
“a gravy boat”
One of two possible conformations of cyclohexane rings (the other being chair), shaped roughly like a boat.
The refugee boats arriving in Australian waters, and by extension, refugees generally.
To travel by boat.
To transport in a boat.
“to boat goods”
To place in a boat.
“to boat oars”