I really thought I could do it this time...I keep wondering, have I broken the vessel?
Local mechanics pitched in to help mend the craft, but weeks into setting off the repairs wore thin and the vessel sprung a leak.
Dive crews are particularly vulnerable because the 115,000-ton vessel is not yet secured and could quickly shift in stormy seas.
c.1300, "container," from Old French vessel (French vaisseau) from Latin vascellum "small vase or urn," also "a ship," diminutive of vasculum, itself a diminutive of vas "vessel." Sense of "ship, boat" is found in English c.1300. "The association between hollow utensils and boats appears in all languages" [Weekley]. Meaning "canal or duct of the body" (especially for carrying blood) is attested from late 14c.
vessel ves·sel (věs'əl)
A duct, canal, or other tube that contains or conveys a body fluid such as blood or lymph.