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Can you please help me dicipher these?

1) one ship passing behind another

2) another coming round from broadside to end on

3) launches rushing hither and tither
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Hi,

Can you please help me dicipher these?

1) one ship passing behind another

Sounds like this.

You are looking at the side of a ship.

Another ship passes 'behind' (ie on the other side of) that ship.

2) another coming round from broadside to end on

You are looking at the side of a ship.

That ship turns so that you are looking at an end of it. Probably the stern rather than the prow.

3) launches rushing hither and thither

Small boats hurrying in every direction

Clive
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2) another coming round from broadside to end on
"coming round" suggests the vessel is turning toward the observer, "going round" would suggest the opposite.
Anonymous3) launches rushing hither and tither
Launch noun third definition here
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/launch#british-1-1-3

I'm here because I was also confused when reading "from broadside to end".

All the sentences, by the way, come from "The War of the Worlds", chapter 17.

Jordi C.

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"Definition of end on
(Entry 1 of 2)
: with an end pointing in a given direction or toward the eye of an observer —opposed to broadside"

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/end%20on