Actually, I had posted my quote from Wikipedia
, but only because it basically says what I recall from reading about this two decades ago or so.
Obviously, I realize that not everything written on the net is true... like this piece of idiocy:
Originally Posted by Alfa
Starbord and port.
I believe those terms date back to the time the Portuguese started sailing south, from Europe, along the coast of Africa.
Port would be the side of the vessel facing land, starbord would be the side where the Stars were.
As for being rude... hmm.. I wasn't the one that said:
La Palisse, in case you can't find him, was know for stating obvious facts....a bit like you, but less active.
I was merely pointing out the weakness of the idea that stars and the term starboard were related. And exactly how do you become a "Senior Member" with only 5 posts??? Only a true wanker would edit their status to that of senior member with five posts, regardless of how long they've been lurking. Also, nice to see how much you've contributed to this online community. It would be nice if you tried to honestly educate and help fellow sailors, instead of just spouting useless and fictional drivel.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
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