from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. The men in the starboard watch.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Naut, the men of the starboard watch.
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Presently, he heard Captain Dinks tell the mates and starboard watch that they might go below, and Mr McCarthy and the others went to their cabins aft while the "star-bowlines" tumbled down the main hatchway, all glad to have a spell of rest and be out of the bitter cold night wind which almost seemed to freeze their bones and pierce them through and through.
When we got on deck the man at the wheel struck eight bells (four o'clock in the morning), and "All star-bowlines, ahoy!" brought the other watch up, but there was no going below for us.