Get underway

What does "Get underway" mean?

Today it means: Start something, begin a journey or voyage.

In nautical terms "underway" means not attached to the land in any way. "Way" is the trail (wake) that gets left in the water behind the ship and as wizened sailors will know is how you can determine lee-way. If you are "under" way you have merely cast off and not yet making progress and your rudder is ineffective, i.e. not making way. Hence the difference between making way and underway.

See also: Making way  and: Leeway 

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              



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