NOTE: You should set the document encoding to Traditional Chinese (BIG5 encoding) to see the Chinese characters.

The Chinese character for a ship (船) is formed from three words:

Thus, the meaning of 船 is really 8 lives on a boat. In the bible, we read:
On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark. (Genesis 7:13)
That is, 8 human lives were saved during the Great Flood.

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