The sounds seem as if they are coming from the right now abaft the beam, if anything.
The sound came from abaft his beam and his disquietude increased.
On the gratings around the stern, abaft the wheel, they laid her on soft cushions.
Up with your helm, abaft there, and let her go off square before the wind!
That part of the cable which is abaft the bitts, and therefore within board when the ship rides at anchor.
"I'm on the port side just abaft the pantry," I answered, shaking him by the hand.
The three of them stood by the rail just abaft the pilot house when the Arrow turned into the half-mile breadth of Folly Bay.
Luxury starts from abaft, and is not wholly lost, even at the fore-peak.
There were no deck lamps; the two skylights diffused but a sickly radiance, and I was abaft the side-lights.
There was a capstan just abaft the mainmast, and here the men assembled.
"in or at the back part of a ship" (opposed to forward), 1590s, from Middle English on baft (Old English on bæftan) "backwards." The second component is itself a compound of be "by" (see by) and æftan "aft" (see aft). The word has been saved by the sailors (the stern being the "after" part of a vessel), the rest of the language having left it in Middle English.