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Motor ship

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"M/S" redirects here. For M/S stereo coding, see Joint (audio engineering).
"motorship" redirects here. For the shipping magazine, see The Motorship.
The supply ship MV American Tern during cargo operations at McMurdo Station in Antarctica in 2007

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[1] or M/V.[2]

Engines for motorships were developed during the 1890s, and by early-20th century, motorships began to cross the waters.[3][4]

See alsoEdit

Cruise ships on the Volga River, Russia.
  • 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


  1. ^ "Mississippi River Commission" (PDF). Corps Facts. United States Army Corps of Engineers. 2008-01-11. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  2. ^ "Open house of largest working towboat on the Mississippi rescheduled to Saturday, Aug. 9". United States Army Corps of Engineers. 2008-09-07. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  3. ^ "Trials and tribulations of the marine diesel -A look back at the history of diesel ships". Motorship. 1 November 2003. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "100 years of motor ships". 1 February 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2017.