Sailor Speak of the Week – Abeam

Definition

Adverb

  • At right angles to the centerline of a vessel.

Origins

16th century Anglo-Saxon.

Comments

In terms of relative bearings, directly abeam to a vessel would be at 090 and 270. If facing directly front, then directly to the right (090) and left (270).

References

Angelucci, E. & Cucari, A. (1975). Ships. Milan, IT: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore.

Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic, CT: Mystic Seaport Museum.

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