see also: Etymology of Broadside
A broadside, in the maritime language has several meanings:
- It is the road which a Navire makes on a certain course. When it advances with the veil, those are directed in a certain direction; they “are then bordered”, which gave the origin of the term. In the traditional navy, each broadside was noted on the " fox " , allowing the officer to know which course had been held, under which Amure S and for how long.
- Of the blow, it also became the duration of the time during which a fraction of the crew alternates with the other, either for work, or for the rest.
- By extension, the whole of the men who compose it call also broadside (the broadside of the Tribord board and the Babord board, the broadside of Quart, the broadside of service, etc).
- One calls also bordered the complete discharge of all the Artillerie which is on the same side of a warship. A broadside of row, in this direction, is the sending of the shooting on a whole side of battery launched on the back of an enemy so that the projectiles cross all the building in the length. It is undoubtedly the shooting more the devastator whom a warship could make but also one of most difficult to realize, the target being very small.
- In the last, it is an exit downtown of the sailors, generally at the time of a stopover, in order to supply the ship with various products or to have fun. In this last case, the broadside was accompanied most of the time by drinking bouts, brawls and various overflows. The bad reputation of the sailors undoubtedly comes from there and anything else does not justify it, the alcohol rationing and the discipline being of rigor on board to preserve the safety of the sailors.
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