Posted by Alex Forbes on February 29, 2004 at 04:10:51 from 22.214.171.124 user Pitsligo.
In Reply to: Re: why steer from right? posted by andy bolger on February 25, 2004 at 22:59:51:
I just read in the latest National Geographic that the reason we drive on the right side of the road in the US is because freight wagons used to be commanded by a rider riding on the left-side rear-most horse, and by passing left side to left side it was easier for the riders to judge clearance between the wagons. Haven't a clue if this is correct, or how English freight wagon drivers managed their charge, but it's interesting.
Also, just to add to the confusion, most lobsterboats in Maine have their helm to starboard. I imagine so that the lobstermen can use their (usually stronger) right hand to bring the trap aboard while still handling the controls.
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