John Jackson, Prof. Emeritus of Brock University in his book "The Welland Canals, A Comprehensive Guide" quotes . Russell, writing of Customs and Traditions in the Canadian Armed Forces as saying, "the most likely explanation is the traditional belief of sailors that a ship is very close to being a living entity, endowed with a spirit and a distinct personality, demanding respect and given proper consideration, most dependable. And somehow, through some curious alchemy in the mind of the seamen in the days of sail, often away from the land for months on end, this near-human being took on the beauty and mystique of a woman."
, "chief household officer, justice of the peace," from Old French conestable (12c., Modern French connétable ), "steward, governor," principal officer of the Frankish king's household, from Late Latin comes stabuli , literally "count of the stable" (established by Theodosian Code, .), hence, "chief groom." See count (n.). Second element is from Latin stabulum "stable, standing place" (see stable (n.)). Probably a translation of a Germanic word. Meaning "an officer of the peace" is from , transferred to "police officer" 1836. French reborrowed constable 19c. as "English police."