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PACKET or PACKET-BOAT to PARSLING

PARTING to PAYING-OFF

PAYING-OUT, or PAYING-AWAY to PILOT

PIN of a block to PLANKING

PLAT to POLE-MAST

Under bare POLES to PRAM or PRAME
Under bare POLES
POMIGLION
PONTOON
POOP
POOP-ROYAL
POOPING
PORT
PORTS
POWDER-CHESTS
PRAM or PRAME

PRATIC to PROP

PROTEST to PURSER


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PORT

PORT, a harbour or haven on the sea-coast. See the article HARBOUR.

PORT is also a name given, on some occasions, to the larboard, or left-side of the ship, as in the following instances:

The ship heels to PORT, i. e. stoops or inclines to the larboard side.

Top the yard to PORT! the order to make the larboard extremity of a yard higher than the other. See TOPPING.

PORT the helm! the order to put the helm over to the larboard-side of the vessel.

In all these senses this phrase appears intended to prevent any mistakes happening from the similarity of founds in the words starboard and larboard, particularly when they relate to the helm, where a misapprehension might be attended with very dangerous consequences.


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