Examples from the Web for sternway
Therefore, when sternway is on a vessel, put the helm in the same direction in which the head is to be turned.
In order to enable the vessel to turn speedily, she is fitted with the sternway rudder of Messrs. Thomson & Biles.
The mass of iron fell half in-board upon the now stayed boat, and gave her sternway, with a splintered plank.For the Term of His Natural Life|Marcus Clarke
This gives her sternway, and the after sails and helm keep her to the wind.
The brig may get a lot of sternway on her should this squall not strike her fairly.The Rescue|Joseph Conrad