Babord. The guardian.
Babord comes from the old Norse word bakborð – meaning ‘rear board’ – but which came to mean much more to our seafaring forefathers. On the traditional boats, the steering oar was found on the starboard side of the vessel – while the bakborð – was located behind the helmsman. Thus, the mariner working the rear board – the Babord – was trusted to have the captain’s back, and was essentially the guardian of the vessel.
As guardians of these Norwegian seafaring traditions, we have taken the name Babord.