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Old July 12th, 2005, 12:27 PM
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i know ive asked this before, but im wondering about the special words for right, left, front, or back. is this right?
right = starboard
left = port
front = forward
back = aft

also, are there any other special words i should know? thanks
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Old July 12th, 2005, 12:46 PM
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OH! OH!
I know the answers!
Pick me! Pick me!

Yes, those are right. I know this because I am having nightmares almost every night and in my nightmares I get quizzed just as I am about to step onto the ship...if you don't know the terminology you go back to the end of the line. I have been sent back to the end of the line a lot...but I do know those 4 words now. Last night I had to know how to tie some kind of knot and spent the whole night at the back of the line. I'll never make it on my cruise!

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Old July 12th, 2005, 12:47 PM
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All your definitions are correct, but with the understanding that they apply only when you're facing the pointy end of the ship (forward).

Others (with a bow to our friend, the late Pamda):

rope=line (you NEVER say "rope" on a ship)
wall=bulkhead
hall=companionway
knot=nautical mile per hour (1.15 land miles per hour)
knot=something you tie in a line (or lines)
ceiling=overhead
course=the direction in which the ship is sailing (as shown on the compass)
intercourse=same as on land
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Old July 12th, 2005, 12:49 PM
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Oh, and don't forget BOW and STERN .
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Old July 12th, 2005, 01:19 PM
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its decks not floors
cabin or stateroom not room
head = bathroom
the Captain navigates from the bridge, he does not "steer" the ship
cabin steward not maid
the ship docks it does not park
its a ship not a boat
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http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/...erminology.cfm

The above is a link to an article I wrote some time ago about cruise ship terminilogy.... though I don't imagine it will help <VGB>

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Old July 12th, 2005, 02:51 PM
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Kuki, I read your article, hoping it would mention something about portholes. They aren't just on the port side, are they?

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