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Old 10-08-2013, 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by kerry View Post
Starboard=steerboard, the side the steering oar is on. Don't want to dock with the steerboard between the boat and the dock hence the other side being called port.
You are correct and I was partially wrong until I looked up your answer.

I was told starboard was from the celestial navigation days when a board (I'm thinking "a plank") was attached to the right side of the ship to assist in seeing the stars. You couldn't moor with that side up against the dock so the other side was always used up against the dock while in port.

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