"Port to Starboard"?
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Movies and Film
Asked by: dho1115-ga
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21 Aug 2006 08:50 PDT
Expires: 20 Sep 2006 08:50 PDT
Question ID: 758084
I placed this under the category "Movies and Film" b/c I heard this phrase while watching "Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Man's Chest" yesterday, and I heard one of the captains scream out "Port to Starboard". I also heard this phrase in other movies (I believe this phrase was also used in one of the Star Trek Movies). Anyways, I was wondering what that phrase "port to starboard" means. Is it a military phrase? B/C I usually hear this phrase in action and battle scenes in movies. P.S.: I don't think I've heard it being said the other way around ("Starboard to port") :-) .
Re: "Port to Starboard"?
Answered By: scriptor-ga on 21 Aug 2006 09:45 PDT
Dear dho1115, "Port to starboard" is simply indicating "left to right" in naval terms. The port side of a vessel is her left side (relative to the ship's bow, when facing forward), while the starboard side is her right side. "Port to starboard" can have various meanings, depending on the situation. It can, for example, mean that something is coming close the ship from the left side so that its direction points to the right: An approaching torpedo's course could be reported as "port to starboard". It could also define the course of another ship crossing before the bow. It's just the way seamen say "left to right" - and since Starfleet in Star Trek has adopted naval customs, it is not too surprising to find this expression also in space, where no man has gone before. Hope this answers your question! Regards, Scriptor
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