Get M/V essential facts below. View Videos
or join the M/V discussion
. Add M/V
to your PopFlock.com topic list for future reference or share
this resource on social media.
A motor ship or motor vessel is a ship propelled by an internal combustion engine, usually a diesel engine. The names of motor ships are often prefixed with MS, M/S, MV or M/V.
Engines for motorships were developed during the 1890s, and by the early 20th century, motorships began to cross the waters.
The first diesel-powered motorships were launched in 1903: Russian Vandal (the first equipped with fully functional diesel-electric transmission) and French Petite-Pierre. There is disagreement over which of the two was the first.
- Gas turbine ship (GTS) -- prefix for a jet-engine/turbine-propelled ship
- Steamship (SS) -- a steamship is a ship propelled by a steam engine or steam turbine. The name of steam ships are often prefixed with SS or S/S
- Royal Mail Ship (RMS) - Royal Mail steamer, or ship
- Ship prefix