Now, toward which of the three are we bound, and will our good ship run to larboard or to starboard?
That will do; now pull on the larboard and back the starboard oars.
One morning, about two bells, the lookout reported a small vessel on the larboard bow, laboring heavily.
Pelham cottage is just up there,” she said, “at the top of larboard Lane.
Passing close astern, she raked her with her three larboard guns.
Our larboard bow-chaser was fired, but the Algerine took no notice of it.
It was on their larboard quarter as they made in long tacks for the north.
As he spoke, Gerald shouted from the mast-head, “A sail on the larboard bow!”
One day all hands turned-to together, and fired starboard and larboard, until we could see nothing but a few mast-heads.
A little later the larboard fore-sheet went, and the sail was split.
"left-hand side of a ship" (to a person on board and facing the bow), 1580s, from Middle English ladde-borde (c.1300), perhaps literally "the loading side," if this was the side on which goods were loaded onto a ship, from laden "to load" + bord "ship's side." Altered 16c. on influence of starboard, then largely replaced by the specialized sense of port (n.1). to avoid confusion of similar-sounding words. The Old English term was bæcboard, literally "back board" (see starboard).