Originally it was a term for sailors affected by bad weather and rough sea; sea sickness. The term is correctly "under the weather bow" which would be the part of the ship most affected by the ships movement.The "weather" side of the ship is where the wind and waves are coming from and the "bow" of a ship will rise and fall much more than the stern will and therefore not a good place to be.
By SailingQuiz October 2019 Category: Nautical Saying
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