Why do we call port and starboard for left and right on ships?
Have you every questions why we call port for left and starboard for right while at sea?
The words Port and starboard are nautical terms referring to the left and right side of a ship as viewed by a person on board facing the front of the ship. So if you were standing in the bridge looking out towards the front, port refers to the left side of the ship and starboard refers to the right.
An early example of the word “port” can be traced to larboard, which itself derives from bæcbord. Though the origins of lade cannot be exactly determined many believe it is connected to the verb lade (to load), referring to the side on which cargo was loaded (the left). Since the word larboard and starboard sound very similar the word eventually migrated to port. The word port is associated with left because sailors moored their ship on the left side at ports in order to prevent the steering oar from being crushed. “Port” was not officially adopted by the Royal Navy until 1844!
The origin of the term starboard can be traced to early boating practices when they were steered by use of a specialized steering oar. The steering oar would have been held by an oarsman located at the back of the ship. Since the majority of people are right and not left handed the steering oar was connected to the right side of the ship. The word starboard comes from Old English steorbord, literally meaning the side on which the ship is steered.