An acronym deriving from the phrase ‘Port Out Starboard Home’ which came to stand for the wealthy shipboard travellers who could afford to travel in this way. The letters were said to have been printed on the first-class tickets of passengers travelling on the P. & O. Line (see ocean liners) to the Far East, indicating that they had paid extra for cabins on the port side of the ship going out and the starboard side coming home so as to avoid the heat and glare of the sun in the Indian Ocean. However, no ticket bearing these initials has ever been produced to confirm this.
Subjects: Maritime History.