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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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  • Falconer, William, Online edition of William Falconer's Universal Dictionary of the Marine, or, a Copious Explanation of the Technical Terms and Phrases employed in the Construction, ...of a Ship...derived from the text of the London 1780 edition published by Thomas Cadell, 2004 edn, South Seas, http://southseas.nla.gov.au/refs/falc/contents.html. [ Details ]

Created: 28 February 2004

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-P000368

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