Why are vessel names italicized?

Can anyone tell me the reason vessel names, boats or spaceships for example, always appear in italics?


Depending on the style guide the author or company uses, they can appear either italicized or not. Most newspapers use AP Style, but companies like the NY Times have their own style manual, which is respectively similar to the AP.

My guess, however, would be that names of vessels teeter between a name and a title. Titles of books are italicized. But then these aren’t books. Their names, however, are rare and owners of ships and boats very much try to avoid using the name of some other boat. They don’t fit the names of car makes and models like say a Subaru BRZ(dream car) because the name itself isn’t a model.

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