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
She gave a heel, and then a lurch to port,
And going down head foremost- sunk in short.
Byron: Don Juan (The Shipwreck).
“To give a heel” is to sway over on one side. Here it means a heel
to the starboard side.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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