no starb-o-leens ahoy!

enkidu68

Senior Member
turkish
Hi folks, this is cited from Wellingborough Redburn by Hermann Melville (1849)

Question: What does it mean bold one? (starb-o-leens ahoy!) starb: might be a starboard but other one?



We kept late hours that night; for, delightful certainty! placed beyond all doubt--like royal landsmen, we were masters of the watches of the night, and no starb-o-leens ahoy! would annoy us again.
 
  • GreenWhiteBlue

    Senior Member
    USA - English
    The crew is divided for duty into two "watches": a starboard watch, and a port watch. "Starboleens ahoy!" is a cry used to wake or rouse the members of the starboard watch to come and replace the port watch on duty.
     

    PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    Yes but we do not call them "starboard watchers" - it is "members of the starboard watch".
     

    Chasint

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Yes but we do not call them "starboard watchers" - it is "members of the starboard watch".
    Or we can call them by the name of the group.

    "Starboard Watch - wake up!" or, more nautically, "Starboard Watch ahoy!"
     
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