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The term standing was used to describe the movement of a ship in terms of direction, or in relation to some other thing, such as the shore or an island.

So, for example, when a mariner spoke of a ship ‘standing to the southward’, he meant that it was moving in a southerly direction. When he spoke of a vessel standing off he meant that it was moving away.


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Prepared by: Turnbull, P.
Created: 15 October 2001
Modified: 1 December 2001

Published by South Seas, 1 February 2004
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: Paul.Turnbull@jcu.edu.au
Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Updated: 28 June 2004
To cite this page use: http://nla.gov.au/nla.cs-ss-biogs-P000082

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