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At sea, why are left and right called Port and Starboard?

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Have you ever wondered where the terms ‘Port’ and ‘Starboard’ came from and how we came to use them to mean left and right at sea?

The people collectively called ‘Norse’ or ‘Vikings’ (roughly, people from modern day Denmark and Norway) were accomplished seafarers and the dominant people at sea in Europe in the Viking Age, about 900–1200 AD.

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