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The East Hampton rolled sickeningly to broadside seas, since it is necessary to speed up and make a hundred-and-eighty-degree turn at this point in the operations.

Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay by William W. Warner

What does “to” mean here?

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book mango 418to broadside seas

The waves were hitting the ship broadside (On the side of the ship)

It is not common English - it is the special jargon of sailors.

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Did you make a typing error?,

The East Hampton rolled sickeningly to broadside seas, since it is was necessary . . .

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book mango 418What does “to” mean here?

in response to; as a reaction to

—used as a function word to indicate addition, attachment, connection, belonging, possession, accompaniment, or response
// the key to the door
// danced to live music
// comes to her call

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/to

CJ

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. . . since it was necessary to speed up . . . OK if the writer is speaking only of this particular instance on this particular day.


. . . since it is necessary to speed up . . . OK if the writer is speaking of all instances on all days.

Clive

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I checked again. It is "is" in the book.

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