Nautical. the movement of a vessel backward, or stern foremost.

1760–70; stern2 + way1 Unabridged
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sternway (ˈstɜːnˌweɪ)
nautical movement of a vessel sternforemost

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The ship must maintain sternway for this use of the tug as a steering tug on the bow to be successful.
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