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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Lem:
When you talk left and right of a ship..do you mean looking at the ship from the front or standing on deck looking forward?? I'm not ship smart.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
If you are standing in the middle of the ship looking toward the pointy end (bow) with the square end behind you (stern) the left side is port and the right side is starboard. The area between midship (where you are standing) and the bow is called the forward area and the area behind midship and the stern is called the aft area.
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Another easy way to remember...the smokers are permitted on the Port Side, not bringing it up for any other reason except for directions folks LOL
In the lounges, at the pool, etc...they have designated areas...and it is Port or Left.
This is a repeat from several months ago, but in honor of the DVD release of Master and Commander, The Far Side of the World, I'll add that in the old sailing days, they used larboard instead of "port" for the left side of the ship. They use "larboard" in M&C, so unless you are a sailing expert (or you read these message boards) you wouldn't know what they were talking about!
They think the origin is from either 13th century English or Norse words meaning "loading side".
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