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Larboard is a historical name for the port side of a ship; the left side to an observer facing forward. Due to its similarity with starboard the admiralty decided to replace the name larboard with port. The word "larboard" derives from Italian quella borda “that side” with was abbreviated to la boarda and eventually anglicized to larboard. [1]


  1. Smyth, W. H. (William Henry), 1788-1865 Admiral. The Sailor's Word~Book. Blackie and Son, Paternoster Row, 1867 Reprinted by Algrove Publishing Limited Almonte, ON Canada 2004. ISBN 1-897030-05-3
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