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The Origins of the terms "Port" and Starboard"

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An interesting (to me) article on the origin of the terms "Port" and Starboard" can be found here:  http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/01/the-origin-of-port-and-starboard/

 

From a different source and as a reminder:

 

Sail-Port-Starboard.jpg

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I've fixed the url and moved the topic to the "history" subforum
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I always like Quint's explanation of naval terms from the movie Jaws:

 

"Front - Bow! Back - Stern! If you don't get it right squirt, I throw your ass out the little round window on the side!"

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I'm not sure where the author of that graphic got the peace sign idea. 'Astern' isn't a big slice of the compass like that. It means behind you, period.

 

The letter 'n' in that graphic is on the starboard quarter.

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The graphic is to teach people to read the navigational lights.  The red and green lights on the bow are not to be seen from the stern, which is a white light.

Which is 2 points abaft the beam, so you can tell if you are overtaken another vessel (coming up from a direction of MORE THEN 22.5 degrees abaft her beam) :)

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Which is 2 points abaft the beam, so you can tell if you are overtaken another vessel (coming up from a direction of MORE THEN 22.5 degrees abaft her beam) :)

 

Excellently explained sir, thank you!

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A "left"ennant once taught me:

Port = Left = 4 letters

Port Wine = Red Wine

Everything else is starboard.

(Supporting the effort to make the game's social vocabulary mimick the historical language)

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I have always referred to it as larboard (suppose i spent too much time sifting through 18th century letters and battle reports). I know that it is now port but I have just always enjoyed larboard. Mind you that being said I have been told that I sound like an 18th century toff so I suppose it is rather fitting.

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