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ELI5 Explain Like I'm 5: Bite sized answers to stuff you should know about - in a mini podcast


Apr 28, 2023

Why do ships use “port” and “starboard” instead of “left” and “right?” Where did the terms originate? What does “aft” mean and why is it different from the stern? Why do large ships have their anchors in the bow and not the stern or either port or starboard sides? 

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