We are back from two days of fun with Jen and Anna in Key West. One of the topics that came up there was the name on our boat card, SV Tarwathie. One of Jen's friends though that SV was my name. :-)
SV stands for Sailing Vessel. It is one of many abbreviated prefixes used to name vessels. The table below shows some of the civilian prefixes in use.
There is a much longer list of prefixes for military vessels. Based on Hollywood war movies, you may be familiar with USS and HMS.
Up in Green Cove Springs recently, I encountered a vessel with the prefix CRV. It turned out to be a treasure hunting vessel.
My favorite prefix is not in the table. It is LSP. The pump-out boats here in Boot Key Harbor are named using LSP. When I asked what it means, I was told Lots of S**T and P**S