A shot across the bows

What does "A shot across the bows" mean?

Today it means: A warning or a shot not intended to hit its target.

A warning shot just in front of a ship, the bow, the forward part of a vessel and shows that you have the range and could hit the target if needs be.

   

By SailingQuiz September 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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