Making way

What does "Making way" mean?

Today it means: Clearing a path or making a path.

"Way" is the trail left behind the boat as it moves through the water. Today we call it the wake but it has been "way" for years. Making way means that the ship is making progress through the water and the rudder is effective whereas "underway" means that it is not making way and is therefore "under" way and the rudder has no effect. A ship can be "underway" but not "making way".

See also: Get underway   

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              

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