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The general advice is to revert to roman within a block of italics. Here are a couple of sources: When a title or sentence is italicized, a word that normally would be italicized in running text—such as a foreign word, the scientific name of a plant or animal, or a ship—should appear in roman type. This is called reverse italics. - from the ...


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They are not always italic--newspapers do not typically use italic type. This is a convention that dates back to the use of metallic type, when that font was "not easily accessible," according to the NYT, though the AP justifies its own lack of italics with the statement that the typeface "cannot be sent through AP computers." So, in the NYT, you will see ...


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Depending on the style guide the author or company uses, they can appear either italicized or not. Most newspapers use AP Style, but companies like the NY Times have their own style manual, which is respectively similar to the AP. My guess, however, would be that names of vessels teeter between a name and a title. Titles of books are italicized. But then ...



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