Ok, I’ve always subscribed to the thought (maybe I was taught at school?) that ships are big enough to carry boats, and boats are small enough to be carried by ships. But in surfing around gCaptain today I found this photo of the USS Cole being carried by a heavy-lift:
Now the Cole is certainly a ship and so is the heavy-lift carrying her so my definition must be wrong?? is their any scientific or historic answer to the question ‘what is the difference between a boat and a ship’ or is the answer just a matter of opinion?