Motor ship

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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 the early 20th century, motorships began to cross the waters.[3][4]


The first diesel-powered motorships were launched in 1903: the Russian Vandal (the first equipped with diesel-electric transmission) and French Petite-Pierre. There is disagreement over which of the two was the first.

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Cruise ships on the Volga River, Russia


  1. ^ "Mississippi River Commission" (PDF). Corps Facts. United States Army Corps of Engineers. 11 January 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 July 2007. Retrieved 10 August 2008.
  2. ^ "Open house of largest working towboat on the Mississippi rescheduled to Saturday, Aug. 9". United States Army Corps of Engineers. 7 September 2008. Archived from the original on 9 January 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2008.
  3. ^ "Trials and tribulations of the marine diesel -A look back at the history of diesel ships". The Motorship. 1 November 2003. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  4. ^ "100 years of motor ships". 1 February 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2017.

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