what is the difference between capsize and keel over for a ship?

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  1. xichyu
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    xichyu Junior Member

    what is the difference between capsize and keel over for a ship?
    They are have the same meaning in Chinese
    For example:The Baccalieu Endeavour had been tied up in the harbour when a strong storms struck the northeast coast of Newfoundland. During the storm the fishing vessel “keeled over” and “capsized” onto its port side.
    Do you think that it is not safe for the vessel’s owner to upright the ship?
  2. jehardiman
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    jehardiman Senior Member

    In English to "keel over" is the actual act of listing or falling over. To "capsize" is the final state of a vessel being stable a some inverted angle. A vessel could be said to be "knocked down" and "keeled over" but not "capsized" if it righted itself.
  3. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    They are synonyms
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