Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Larboard,

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
now called port (q.v.). (Starboard is from Anglo-Saxon steorabord, the steer-board, or right side of a ship.) Larboard is the French bâbord, the left-hand side of a ship looking towards the prow; Anglo-Saxon bœc-bord.   1
“She gave a heel, and then a lurch to port,
And going down head foremost—sunk in short.”
Byron: Don Juan (The Shipicreck).
   “To give a heel” is to sway over on one side. Here it means a heel to the starboard side.   2



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