List of ship directions

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This list of ship directions explains dozens of related terms such as fore, aft, astern, aboard, or topside. For background, see below: Origins.

  • abaft: at or toward the stern of a ship, or further back from a location.[1]
  • aboard: onto or within a ship, or in a group.[2]
  • above: a higher deck of the ship.[1]
  • aft: toward the stern of a ship.[1]
  • adrift: floating in the water without propulsion.
  • aground: resting on the shore or wedged against the sea floor.[3]
  • ahull: with sails furled and helm lashed alee.[4]
  • alee: on or toward the lee (the downwind side).[5]
  • aloft: the stacks, masts, rigging, or other area above the highest solid structure.[1]
  • amidships: near the middle part of a ship.[1]
  • aport: toward the port side of a ship (opposite of "astarboard").[6]
  • ashore: on or towards the shore or land.[7]
  • astarboard: toward the starboard side of a ship (opposite of "aport").[8]
  • astern: toward the rear of a ship (opposite of "forward").[9]
  • athwartships: toward the sides of a ship.[1]
  • aweather: toward the weather or windward side of a ship.[10]
  • aweigh: just clear of the sea floor, as with an anchor.[11]
  • below: a lower deck of the ship.[1]
  • belowdecks: inside or into a ship, or down to a lower deck.[12]
  • bilge: the underwater part of a ship between the flat of the bottom and the vertical topsides[13]
  • bottom: the lowest part of the ship's hull.
  • bow (or stem): front of a ship (opposite of "stern")[1]
  • centerline: an imaginary, central line drawn from the bow to the stern.[1]
  • fore or forward: at or toward the front of a ship or further ahead of a location (opposite of "aft")[1]
  • inboard: attached inside the ship.[14]
  • keel: the bottom structure of a ship's hull.[15]
  • leeward: side or direction away from the wind (opposite of "windward").[16]
  • on deck: to an outside or muster deck (as "all hands on deck").[17]
  • on board: somewhere on board the ship.[18]
  • outboard: attached outside the ship.[19]
  • port: the left side of the ship, facing forward (opposite of "starboard").[1]
  • starboard: the right side of the ship, when facing forward (opposite of "port").[1]
  • stern: the rear of a ship (opposite of "bow").[1]
  • topside: on the ship's main weather deck.[1]
  • underdeck: a lower deck of a ship.[20]
  • yardarm: an end of a yard spar below a sail.
  • waterline: where the water surface meets the ship's hull.
  • weather: side or direction from which wind blows (same as "windward").[16]
  • windward: side or direction from which wind blows (opposite of "leeward").[16]

Origins[edit]

  • First use of "aboard": 14th century[2]
  • First use of "aft": 1816[21]
  • First use of "outboard": 1823[19]
  • First use of "inboard": 1830[19]
  • First use of "belowdecks": 1897.[12]

The word "ahoy" is not a direction, but rather an interjection used to hail a person or ship, or to attract attention.[22] See the linked sources, below, for more details.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Ship Directions - TKDTutor" (glossary), TKDtutor.com, 2012, web: SD.
  2. ^ a b "Aboard - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary", Merriam-Webster Dictionary, May 2012, web: MW-ab
  3. ^ "Aground - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary", Merriam-Webster Dictionary, May 2012, web: MW-agr
  4. ^ "Ahull - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary", Merriam-Webster Dictionary, May 2012, web: MW-ahull
  5. ^ "Alee - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary", Merriam-Webster Dictionary, May 2012, web: MW-alee
  6. ^ "Aport - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary", Merriam-Webster Dictionary, May 2012, web: MW-aport
  7. ^ "Ashore - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary", Merriam-Webster Dictionary, May 2012, web: MW-ash
  8. ^ "Astarboard - Definition and More from Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary", Merriam-Webster Dictionary, May 2012, web: MW-astar
  9. ^ "Astern - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary", Merriam-Webster Dictionary, May 2012, web: MW-astern
  10. ^ "Aweather - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary", Merriam-Webster Dictionary, May 2012, web: MW-aweat
  11. ^ "Aweigh - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary", Merriam-Webster Dictionary, May 2012, web: MW-aweigh
  12. ^ a b "Belowdecks - Definition and More from Merriam-Webster Dictionary", Merriam-Webster Dictionary, May 2012, web: MW-belowd
  13. ^ "Bilge - Definition and More from Merriam-Webster Dictionary", Merriam-Webster Dictionary, May 2012, web: MW-bilge
  14. ^ "Inboard - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary", Merriam-Webster Dictionary, May 2012, web: MW-inb
  15. ^ "Bilge keel - Definition and More from Merriam-Webster Dictionary", Merriam-Webster Dictionary, May 2012, web: MW-bilgek
  16. ^ a b c "Windward - Definition and More from Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary", Merriam-Webster Dictionary, May 2012, web: MW-windw
  17. ^ "Deck - Definition and More from Merriam-Webster Dictionary", Merriam-Webster Dictionary, May 2012, web: MW-deck
  18. ^ "Onboard - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary", Merriam-Webster Dictionary, May 2012, web: MW-onb
  19. ^ a b c "Outboard - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary", Merriam-Webster Dictionary, May 2012, web: MW-outb
  20. ^ "Underdeck - Definition and More from Merriam-Webster Dictionary", Merriam-Webster Dictionary, May 2012, web: MW-underd
  21. ^ "Aft - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary", Merriam-Webster Dictionary, May 2012, web: MW-aft
  22. ^ "Ahoy - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary", Merriam-Webster Dictionary, May 2012, web: MW-ahoy