Each of the captains see their vessel as something tangible, almost human and alive.
But due to their profession, they simply have to be capable of transferring their affectations
to the next vessel when they themselves get transferred.
Ummm...I think you mean affections
, not affectations
. The latter would be a weird thing to transfer.
affectation |ˌafekˈtā sh ən|
behavior, speech, or writing that is artificial and designed to impress : the affectation of a man who measures every word for effect | she called the room her boudoir, which he thought an affectation.
• a studied display of real or pretended feeling : an affectation of calm.
ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: from Latin affectatio(n-), from the verb affectare