Ships Names

rickles23
31st March 2011, 12:43
Hi,
I have now written/typed the first two chapters of a book about my Late Father's wartime history and the men and ships he met along the way.

When it was proof read an interesting thought raised its ugly head.

Consider the following sentences:

In 1936, two new Coast Lines standard ships, Royal Scotsman
and Royal Ulsterman (both 3000 grt), were built for the
Burns & Laird Glasgow-Belfast service.

In 1936, two new Coast Lines standard ships, Royal Scotsman
and Royal Ulsterman (both 3000 grt), were built for the
Burns & Laird Glasgow-Belfast service.

In 1936, two new Coast Lines standard ships, Royal Scotsman
and Royal Ulsterman (both 3000 grt), were built for the
Burns & Laird Glasgow-Belfast service.

Which do you think is the better way to have the ship's name?

Regards..(Scribe)

Norlander
31st March 2011, 13:05
Just italics. Gives the emphasis without the 'in yer face' underscoring, and more noticable than the plain type.
N.

teb
31st March 2011, 13:26
Just italics. Gives the emphasis without the 'in yer face' underscoring, and more noticable than the plain type.
N.

Agree entirely-(Applause)

R58484956
31st March 2011, 17:11
Give it the italics

kauvaka
31st March 2011, 21:45
Definitely italics, but you will have to do the same for the names of every vessel in the book.

BlythSpirit
1st April 2011, 05:30
The following is much clearer than your examples:-

In 1936, two Coast Lines standard ships, Royal Scotsman and Royal Ulsterman (both 3000 grt), were built for the Glasgow-Belfast service.

The use of the word new is superfluous, only new ships are built, and the Glasgow - Belfast route is open to all shipping lines. If you are proof reading your own work it is nearly impossible to spot mistakes as we all make them in the first place without realizing it.

tunatownshipwreck
1st April 2011, 05:43
Italics, I agree.

rickles23
1st April 2011, 07:51
Hi all,

Thank you for the input and I must agree that the italics look far better.

The sentence I used was just to show the ships names and it is not included in the book.

A good friend of mine proof reads all my writings and I do the same for her.

Regards and again thank you..(Scribe)