I am curious if there is actual relation between all nouns ending in -ship, such as relationship, citizenship, sportsmanship, etc. with the vessel for transporting people or goods over the sea?
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-ship is added to a noun to establish status or condition.
For the hardcore etymologists who don't feel like looking this up and to complement the top answer, here's the etymologies of (-)ship from Dictionary.com.
protected by RegDwigнt♦ Sep 24 '12 at 8:55
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