Why Port and Starboard?
In the nautical world the terms port and starboard are used instead of left and right to define which side of a boat or ship we’re talking about. If you are facing the bow (pointy end or front) of the boat, the port side is on the left and starboard on the right. But why don’t sailors use left and right? Where did port and starboard come from? Well, like other words and phrases in the English language (toe the line, swinging a cat, chock a block, above board, etc), the answer lies in nautical history. Starboard (or Right) Before boats had rudders they were steered with a steering oar which was operated from the stern (or back) of the boat on the right hand side, because most people, both then and now, are right handed. The word starboard comes from the old English word ‘steorboard’ which meant the side