Forty Years On The Pacific/Rule of the Road at Sea

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Forty Years On The Pacific by Frank Coffee
Rule of the Road at Sea
Two Steamships Meeting
When all three lights I see ahead,
I port my helm and show my RED.


Two Steamships Passing
Green to Green, or Red to Red,
Perfect safety—Go ahead.
Two Steamships Crossing
(This is the position of the greatest danger; there is nothing for it but good lookout, caution and judgment.)
If to my starboard Red appear,
It is my duty to keep clear;
To act as judgment says is proper;
To PORT—Back—or Stop her!
But if upon my Port is seen
A steamer's starboard light of Green,
For me there's naught to do but see
That Green to Port keeps clear for me.