One of the two after parts of the ship, one on each side of the centreline. Strictly, a ship's port or starboard quarter is on a bearing 45° from the stern, but the term is more often rather loosely applied to any point approximately on that bearing. Hence a quartering wind. The term is also applied to the direction from which the wind is blowing if it looks like remaining there for some time, e.g. the wind is in the south-west quarter. For illus. see relative bearings.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence — Maritime History.