Directions at Sea
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Locations and Directions at Sea

abaft  at or toward the stern of a ship, or further back from a location.
aboard  onto or within a ship, or in a group.
above  a higher deck of the ship.
aft  toward the stern of a ship.
adrift  floating in the water without propulsion.
aground  resting on the shore or wedged against the sea floor.
ahull  with sails furled and helm lashed alee.
alee  on or toward the lee (the downwind side).
aloft  the stacks, masts, rigging, or other area above the highest solid structure.
amidships  near the middle part of a ship.
aport  toward the port side of a ship (opposite of "astarboard").
ashore  on or towards the shore or land.
astarboard  toward the starboard side of a ship (opposite of "aport").
astern  toward the rear of a ship (opposite of "forward").
athwartships  toward the sides of a ship.
aweather  toward the weather or windward side of a ship.
aweigh  just clear of the sea floor, as with an anchor.
below  a lower deck of the ship.
belowdecks  inside or into a ship, or down to a lower deck.
bilge  the underwater part of a ship between the flat of the bottom and the vertical topsides
bottom (noun)  the lowest part of the ship's hull.
bottom (verb)  a submerged submarine hitting the seabed.
bow (or stem)  front of a ship (opposite of "stern")
centerline  an imaginary, central line drawn from the bow to the stern.
fore or forward  at or toward the front of a ship or further ahead of a location (opposite of "aft")
inboard  attached inside the ship.
keel  the bottom structure of a ship's hull.
leeward  side or direction away from the wind (opposite of "windward").
on deck  to an outside or muster deck (as "all hands on deck").
on board  somewhere on board the ship.
outboard  attached outside the ship.
port  the left side of the ship, facing forward (opposite of "starboard").
starboard  the right side of the ship, when facing forward (opposite of "port").
stern  the rear of a ship (opposite of "bow").
topside  on the ship's main weather deck.
underdeck  a lower deck of a ship.
yardarm  an end of a yard spar below a sail.
waterline  where the water surface meets the ship's hull.
weather  side or direction from which wind blows (same as "windward").
windward  side or direction from which wind blows (opposite of "leeward").
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