These week we're offering another instructive rhyme from Nautical Nursery Rhymes by Billy Ringbolt, which resides in the Peterson, Peter H. (Capt.) Papers, (SAFR 18665, HDC 571):
Side lights are colored green and red
They show for two miles right ahead,
And circle round they throw their light
Two points abaft the beam at night;
The masthead light five miles is seen,
Shows round same space as red and green.
A staemer under way at night
On foremast has a masthead light,
On starboard side a light of green,
While on the port the red is seen;
And if she takes a ship in tow,
Two masthead lights she then must show.