The Origin of ‘Port’ and ‘Starboard

>>> The Origin of ‘Port’ and ‘Starboard

The nautical and boating world has a language of its own, as you probably well know. It is always interesting to learn the background of some of these phrases. One of the first you hear when getting into boating is "port" and "starboard" instead of "left" and "right". Why?

This article has a good background of the history of this common phrase.