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Abaft was the name seamen gave to any part of a ship or objective on board lying in the vicinity of the stern, the name by which the back end of a ship was known.

The term was also used to indicate the location of an object to other parts of a ship. The command to place something ‘further aft’ meant to place the thing nearer the stern. To describe something as ‘abaft the main mast’ meant it was located behind the main mast (and therefore nearer to the stern).

Prepared by: Turnbull, P.
Created: 28 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
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