Steve - shame, shame, shame. That comment was totally uncalled for.....unlike my man overboard statement. I have to keep tight controls on my hubby's Lowes and Home Depot credit cards. He doesn't go to either of those stores without me. I, on the other hand, just have a slight problem with the home shopping network ...I like to load that other hand with rings :-)
Mary Lou Scanlon
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There is only one "rope" on a ship, or a boat, the Bell Rope. All others are lines.
The little round window is a portlight if it does not open. It is a porthole if it does.
All sailing ships used to have a large board on the right side of the ship that was used for steering. Hence, the steering board, later the starboard side. Because of the large steering board, the ship could not place that side against the dock. The ship would always have to place the left side of the ship against the dock when in port. Hence, the port side.
A ship's tonnage used to be "tunnage". A tun was a barrel. The number of tuns or barrels of goods a ship could carry was the measure of its revenue generating capacity.
There are also a few traditional hawsers called ropes: Head rope, stern rope, fore and after breast ropes. In concert with back springs, they hold (nowadays, probably, held) a cargo ship snugly against the wharf during loading and offloading. It's curious that the term rope only applies while the ship is in contact with land. After the ship casts off, they go back to being lines.