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What does two ships passing in the night mean?

Individuals who are rarely in the same place at the same time. For example, Jan works the early shift and Paula the late shift—they’re two ships that pass in the night. This metaphoric expression comes from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “The Theologian’s Tale” (published in Tales of a Wayside Inn, 1873).

What does we were ships in the night mean?

People, especially those who live together, who do not see very much of each other or are not in the same place at the same time very often. (A shortened version of “ships that pass in the night.”) Ever since Georgina started managing the restaurant at night, she and I have been ships in the night.

Who coined the phrase ships that pass in the night?

From a poetic metaphor by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).

How do the ship pass by?

When a sailing vessel approaches another sailing vessel, the vessel with the wind on its starboard side has the right way. The sailboat with the wind on the port side must give way to the other vessel. When both sailboats have the wind on the same side, the passing boat has to give way to the other vessel.

What side do ships pass each other?

Pass “Port to Port” a vessel operating in a river or buoyed channel should with oncoming traffic keep to the starboard (right hand) side. When two vessels are approaching one another head on, they should alter course to starboard (right) and pass as if they were operating in a river or channel.

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Do ships always dock on the port side?

Ships can dock on either port or starboard side, depending on the layout of the port itself, the direction you are sailing in, and individual government regulations about how cruise ships can be arranged on a pier. It’s also often at the discretion of the captain to choose how to position the ship in port.

Why do ships pass port to port?

Pass the port

Talking of port wine a standard rule of the sea is that ships should pass port to port (left side to left side) to avoid collisions. The tradition of passing port wine to the left at the dinner table may have arisen from naval officers’ meals.

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