That was the way to travel. Port outboard, starboard on the way home. POSH – the comfortable way to travel aboard a steamship. Now, it means something else. Elegant or fancy. Even “dressed up.”
But once, it meant how you chose the best room on the steamship carrying you on your worldwide travels.
I would like to travel POSH, wouldn’t you?
Just one addition:
Once upon a time, there was a great sea captain. Every morning, before he talked to his crew, he went to his safe, took out an envelope. He then read its contents, nodded, and moved on with his day. He never told anyone what was in that envelope (or the safe).
Not surprisingly, after his death, everyone wanted to know what was in the envelope.
It was opened. It read:
PORT = LEFT
I was always taught by people I knew who sailed that the most comfortable cabins were always “port out, starboard home.” I never met a sea-going person who did not know this. It has to do with how the ship takes oncoming waves or the position of the sun on the deck of the ship. Only the wealthy could afford two separate cabins, one for outward bound and the other heading for home.
What do dictionaries on the Internet know about the seas? Not much!