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The name of the Piper Maru is a curious hybrid of English and Japanese that roughly translates as the "SS Piper". Maru is Japanese for "ship". Piper is either a job name meaning a bagpipe-player, the scientific name for a genus of plant (Piper), the common name (Sandpiper) for a family of birds (Scolopacidae), or the common name (New Zealand Piper) of a species of fish (Hyporhamphus ihi).
Background Information Edit
- Both the ship and the episode in which it appeared were named after Gillian Anderson's daughter, Piper Maru Anderson, who was born during Season 2. The name Maru is particularly apt, as it is a common ending for Japanese ship names. It also means "flower" in Polynesian.
Miscellaneous references Edit
This ship was referenced in the 2004 science fiction horror movie Alien vs. Predator. Mr. Wayland and his crew traveled to the Antarctic on an ice-breaker called the Piper Maru.