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starboard

  1. The right hand of a ship or boat when facing the front, or fore or bow. Starboard does not change based on the orientation of the person aboard the ship or boat. Derived from the Scandinavian term "steerboard", which was hung off the right side of the boat, making it impractical to put the right side against a pier when in port, hence the left side of the boat became known as the port side. Steering capabilities with such a primitive oar and steering system, would be compromised if it was on the left, as the majority of able seamen were right-handed.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) One of the two traditional watches aboard a ship standing a watch in two.

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