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Many of the terms used to describe parts of a boat have their origins in the sailing ships and the man-of-war naval ships of centuries past.
For example: Gunwale is the term used to describe the upper edge of the side of a boat or ship, originally it was where the guns were located. The word ‘starboard’ or the right hand side of the ship was first thought to have come from the early Teutonic ships that dated back to 110BC. These vessels were steered with a paddle or oar (steerboard) mounted on the right hand side of the ship. The Port side, the left hand side of a ship, was the side the ship was normally moored alongside on a dock for loading, hence the side to port.
Here are a few more terms that have stood the test of time and are still used today to describe parts of a boat.
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