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PORT AND STARBOARD,
LEFT OR RIGHT?
If you find yourself on a ship, how do you know which side is starboard and which side is port? As a Naval Man the answer is quite simple - Port is left and starboard is right. But if you were travelling on a ship for the first time, how could you remember that? Well, it is really quite simple. There are four letters in the words PORT and LEFT so you can easily remember that the left side of a ship is the port side.
Another way of distinguishing between port and starboard is by using the colours red and green. The port navigation light of a ship is always red and the starboard one is always green. An easy way to remember that is to know that Port (the drink) is red and so by a process of elimination (not a difficult one, I'll admit) the starboard light will be green.
My thanks to Kysdonn who e-mailed me about learning the Port and Starboard of Aircraft - "It's simple. Port has only 4 letters and so does Left. Starboard is a longer word and so is Right compared to Left. Therefore, short to short and long to long."
[see also Port & Starboard 2, March 2001]
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