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veracity

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Hi,

"A small vessel was closing fast from the stern."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8080098.stm

A small vessel was approaching the ship. It was coming from an area behind the ship.

I am not sure about the meaning of "from the stern". Stern is a rear part of a ship. If something is coming from the stern then this something is in the ship, isn't it? But this makes no sense in this context.

Can you explain the meaning?

Thanks.
 
  • tepatria

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    Canadian English
    This is exactly as you think, the small ship was coming from behind. I agree that the use of from the stern sounds like the small ship is shooting out of the back of the other ship - it kind of reminds me of a birth - but we have to put that image aside.
     
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