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Old February 6th, 2005, 01:32 PM
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does anyone know what the ship words are for right, left, front, and back?? I know there are special words for them, I just dont know what they are........
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Old February 6th, 2005, 01:42 PM
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Left--port
right- starboard
front--can't remember what front and back is--one is aft and the other is bow but not sure which. It's always easy to remember port because it's 4 letters like left.

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Old February 6th, 2005, 02:07 PM
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Front is Bow, back is Aft.
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Old February 6th, 2005, 03:02 PM
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Aft - at, near or towards the stern
Bow - the forward part of the vessel.
Forward - toward the bow of the boat.
Port - left side of the ship when facing forward
Starboard - right side of the ship when facing forward
Stern - after end of a vessel
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Old February 6th, 2005, 03:13 PM
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Also easy to remember - bow - because you bend forward when you bow Aft - like after, or behind you. TTFN Jennifer
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Old February 6th, 2005, 03:27 PM
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Default Re: ship talk- HELP MEEE!!!!!

Another good trick to remember with the port side being on the left, both 4 letter words, that helps me a lot....and of course aft, which is at the back, well you can guess on that one :-)

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Old February 6th, 2005, 03:28 PM
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Deck = floor
Bulkhead = wall
Overhead = Ceiling
Ladder = Stairs
Below = going down
poopdeck = high aft deck
head = bathroom
Rack = Bed
galley = dining room
swab = mop
abeam = off to the side
quay = dock
line = rope
muster = attend or gather
gee-dunk = snack bar
knot - measurement of speed
fathom = depth
Leeward = away from the wind direction
Windward = I think that is easy enough to guess <G>
My goodness there are hundreds of them but those are some that popped off my head
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Old February 6th, 2005, 03:59 PM
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Fore - the bow or the front of the ship (the pointy end)
Aft - the back of the ship (the rounded end)
Right - Starboard
Left - Port

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Old February 7th, 2005, 10:32 AM
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galley = dining room (Actually, the galley is the kitchen!)
quay = dock (pronounced "key" not "kway"!)
knot - measurement of speed= "one nautical mile per hour"
fathom = depth (a fathom is 6 feet)

a few more:

weather deck(s)- decks that are open to the weather (i.e., not enclosed)
bridge- area where the ship is controlled/steered
locker-closet
colors/ensign- flag
halyard- rope/wire for flying flags
rail- protective fencing around the weather decks
wake- frothy water trailing behind a moving ship (actually, a ship has 2 wakes...one formed as the bow cuts through the water, and the other by the stern and the engines.)
make fast- tie up (e.g., to the dock)
berth- (1) bed (2) spot where a ship can be docked (also, "slip")
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Old February 7th, 2005, 11:11 AM
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But don't worry, no one uses these terms, except the aft, bow, stern, port and starboard
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Old February 7th, 2005, 11:42 AM
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What about the letters, MS in front of the ship name? What does that stand for?
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Old February 7th, 2005, 02:00 PM
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MS = Motor Ship
MV = Motor Vessel
GTS = Gas Turbine Ship
SS = Steam Ship
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Old February 7th, 2005, 04:08 PM
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Thank you Jim!!!
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Old February 7th, 2005, 04:48 PM
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Although it as been correctly stated here, several posters are using the term aft incorrectly. Aft is NOT the back of the ship. Aft is a direction you are moving in on the ship which means you are proceeding towards the rear (STERN) of the ship.
Foorward is a direction you are moving in which means towards the front (BOW) of the ship. Sometimes these terms also mean which half of the ship Foorward meaning the front half and aft meaning the back half. Example, the Lido deck buffet area is on deck 12 aft (deck 12 towards the back of the ship).
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Old February 7th, 2005, 09:40 PM
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Here's a few others not used too often thank goodness!

Flotsam = Debris or floating wreckage in the sea

Jetsam = Debris thrown overboard to lighten load

Keelhaul = To drag under keel for punishment
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Old February 8th, 2005, 09:44 PM
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Oh, and one more thing-- PLEASE DON'T CALL IT A BOAT! ;-)
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SoCalGal, All those terms sometimes apply to how we feel about those that hog deckchairs, drink too much, or are otherwise obnoxious. <>
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Jim,

Maybe we could somehow revive the keelhaul idea for those folks!

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