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Quotation (speech) marks for ships, plays and books

The Quick Answer
You can use quotation marks for the names of books, plays, films, articles, ships, aircraft, houses and hotels. (You do not have to though.)

Books, Plays, etc.

Quotation marks can be used to highlight the names of books, plays, films, articles, ships, aircraft, houses and hotels.

Examples:
  • Jeremy stayed at "The Dorchester" for 3 weeks last summer.
  • "Southern Stars" was Jones's account of the trek; I have read others that contradict his version of events.
  • (In this example, it is useful to group the book title within quotation marks because Stars is a plural word and was is singular.)
  • I was certain the "Spruce Goose" was too heavy to fly.
Note

It's Your Choice

The rules do not state that you must use quotations for books, plays, films, ships, etc. They state that you can. So, if you think it helps your reader or looks better with quotations, use them. Feel free not to though.