On the starboard beam

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • On the starboard beam applied to any distant point out at sea, at right angles to the keel, and on the starboard or right-hand (as viewed from the stern) side of the ship
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. béam, a tree, stock of a tree, a ray of light; Ger. baum, a tree; Gr. phyma, a growth—phy-ein, to grow.

Usage

In literature:

Before an hour had passed, the lights of Hunter's Point were well on her starboard beam.
"The Cruise of the Dazzler" by Jack London
I now made the signal to the Adventure to keep at the distance of four miles on my starboard beam.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 14" by Robert Kerr
I think we have company on the starboard beam!
"Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung" by Victor Appleton
The sound is broad on your starboard beam, skipper!
"The Missing Merchantman" by Harry Collingwood
Bert's post was a little forward of the beam on the starboard side.
"A Voyage with Captain Dynamite" by Charles Edward Rich
There is high land on the starboard bow, gradually drawing to the beam.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Less than a cable's length on the starboard column's beam was the cruiser.
"Wilmshurst of the Frontier Force" by Percy F. Westerman
That was the light Tyler had failed to keep on his starboard beam.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
But attention had swung to another warship, on the starboard beam of which another aero-sub had taken up position.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
There was a pressure of ice in the lane a little way off, almost on our starboard beam.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
The land, at no great distance, laid broad on their beam to the starboard.
"The Cruise of the Frolic" by W.H.G. Kingston
The wind was full on their starboard beam, the mainsail and yawl were bellied out, and the boat was driving straight for home.
"The Deemster" by Hall Caine
It was dusk, the weather was now directly on our starboard beam, and the waves were coming solidly inboard.
"The Sea and the Jungle" by H. M. Tomlinson
Broad on the starboard beam rose the frowning cliffs of Dunnose.
"The Fight for Constantinople" by Percy F. Westerman
Although the ship had not yet passed the Nore she was rolling considerably, for there was a fresh wind on the starboard beam.
"The Wireless Officer" by Percy F. Westerman
In this position, and with the gale blowing on the starboard quarter, her head would be thrown into the beam sea.
"The Flying Bo'sun" by Arthur Mason
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