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I need a bit of paper in front of me to remember which is left and right. Nothing worse than a torpedo warning and i think "aaaargh!! which one is port?!!!" Anyone have any helpful memory tricks to remembering which is which?

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I need a bit of paper in front of me to remember which is left and right. Nothing worse than a torpedo warning and i think "aaaargh!! which one is port?!!!" Anyone have any helpful memory tricks to remembering which is which?

 

Those 2 are terms used to distinguish between left and right side of the ship.

Ships are massive, and has alot of sailors on it, each person faces different way. The left side of the captain (or the sailor) might not be the left side of the ship. When there are emergency situations (incoming torpedo, or aircraft), saying left or right might confuse the sailors (because their left might not be the ship's left, and so on).

 

Hence, Port and Starboard terms were used to distinguish as Left and Right side of the ship. Bow as the front and Stern as the rear. It doesn't matter where were you looking, those terms will always tell you where exactly to look.

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even amount of red port left in the bottle

 

Thanks i will try and use this. Thought of one "we just left our port".

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lel made a bad guide for ship definitions if you'd bother in the general discussion. that or mods would sticky that for maximum lulz.

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I understand with port and starboard that they used in the ship and plane but I just think ... who the hell come up with confusing word ..... why not just left port, right port or sth like that...

btw. I prefer to tell direction by "o'clock" more, it give more clear direction since 12o'clock alway be dead ahead.... if they change it to o'clock will be good thing

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I understand with port and starboard that they used in the ship and plane but I just think ... who the hell come up with confusing word ..... why not just left port, right port or sth like that...

btw. I prefer to tell direction by "o'clock" more, it give more clear direction since 12o'clock alway be dead ahead.... if they change it to o'clock will be good thing

 

it was even worse originally, port is relatively recent.  it used to be larboard and starboard

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I understand with port and starboard that they used in the ship and plane but I just think ... who the hell come up with confusing word ..... why not just left port, right port or sth like that...

btw. I prefer to tell direction by "o'clock" more, it give more clear direction since 12o'clock alway be dead ahead.... if they change it to o'clock will be good thing

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_and_starboard

 

Regards Murph

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I understand with port and starboard that they used in the ship and plane but I just think ... who the hell come up with confusing word ..... why not just left port, right port or sth like that...

btw. I prefer to tell direction by "o'clock" more, it give more clear direction since 12o'clock alway be dead ahead.... if they change it to o'clock will be good thing

 

 

 

Those 2 are terms used to distinguish between left and right side of the ship.

Ships are massive, and has alot of sailors on it, each person faces different way. The left side of the captain (or the sailor) might not be the left side of the ship. When there are emergency situations (incoming torpedo, or aircraft), saying left or right might confuse the sailors (because their left might not be the ship's left, and so on).

 

Hence, Port and Starboard terms were used to distinguish as Left and Right side of the ship. Bow as the front and Stern as the rear. It doesn't matter where were you looking, those terms will always tell you where exactly to look.

 

Edited by Gezeiten_Heimatwelt

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once you've got port/stbd weighed off then we quarter the ship to each side.

            Ahead

Port Bow/Stbd Bow

Port Beam/Stbd Beam

Port Quarter/StbdQuarter

           Astern

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