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List of ship directions
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.
  • aboard: onto or within a ship, or in a group.
  • above: a higher deck of the ship.
  • aft: toward the stern of a ship.
  • adrift: floating in the water without propulsion.
  • aground: resting on the shore or wedged against the sea floor.
  • ahull: with sails furled and helm lashed alee.
  • alee: on or toward the lee (the downwind side).
  • aloft: the stacks, masts, rigging, or other area above the highest solid structure.
  • amidships: near the middle part of a ship.
  • aport: toward the port side of a ship (opposite of "astarboard").
  • ashore: on or towards the shore or land.
  • astarboard: toward the starboard side of a ship (opposite of "aport").
  • astern: toward the rear of a ship (opposite of "forward").
  • athwartships: toward the sides of a ship.
  • aweather: toward the weather or windward side of a ship.
  • aweigh: just clear of the sea floor, as with an anchor.
  • below: a lower deck of the ship.
  • belowdecks: inside or into a ship, or down to a lower deck.
  • bilge: the underwater part of a ship between the flat of the bottom and the vertical topsides
  • bottom: the lowest part of the ship's hull.
  • bow (or stem): front of a ship (opposite of "stern")
  • centerline: an imaginary, central line drawn from the bow to the stern.
  • fore or forward: at or toward the front of a ship or further ahead of a location (opposite of "aft")
  • inboard: attached inside the ship.
  • keel: the bottom structure of a ship's hull.
  • leeward: side or direction away from the wind (opposite of "windward").
  • on deck: to an outside or muster deck (as "all hands on deck").
  • on board: somewhere on board the ship.
  • outboard: attached outside the ship.
  • port: the left side of the ship, facing forward (opposite of "starboard").
  • starboard: the right side of the ship, when facing forward (opposite of "port").
  • stern: the rear of a ship (opposite of "bow").
  • topside: on the ship's main weather deck.
  • underdeck: a lower deck of a ship.
  • 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").
  • windward: side or direction from which wind blows (opposite of "leeward").

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