The term from stem to stern quite literally means the whole boat the stem being the furthest point forward and the stern furthest aft. Today you might say "I cleaned from stem to stern" meaning that you cleaned the whole house or whatever it was.
By SailingQuiz November 2019 Category: Nautical Saying
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