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Port and Starboard


Name (and aliases):
Bess Farland and Nell Farland (Port and Starboard respectively; Bess is also sometimes called Bessie by her father)
crew of Flash

elders of The Coot Club

Nell/Starboard is also treasurer of the Coot Club
Native Residence:
Future career:
Major achievements:
rescuing Tom Dudgeon concealed under his sail

diverting the attention of the Hullabaloos
training the Ds as sailing apprentices

hitch-hiking several river passages on various vessels to Beccles


The Farland twins on the BBC adaptation Swallows and Amazons Forever! Presumably Starboard is on the left, as she is doing the talking.

"Queer names for a couple of girls..." (Stationmaster at Wroxham railway station, CC1)

Nicknamed Port and Starboard, Bess Farland and Nell Farland are the twin daughters of lawyer Frank Farland, and crew his racing yacht Flash.


Nell Farland is nicknamed Starboard due to her right-handedness (CC6). Starboard is the curlier-haired of the two, and perhaps inclined to be more forward, more bossy than Port; she tends to lead conversations with strangers and issue more orders. Starboard is treasurer of The Coot Club (CC10).


Bess Farland, also called Bessie by her father, is nicknamed Port due to her left-handedness (CC6). She is the straighter-haired of the two. Port tends to hang back in conversations between the twins and others, especially strangers; she is more inclined to make observations about others' personalities or feelings. Port has a particular knack for speaking Ginty-language (broad Glasgow Scots):

"Dinna tell me ye've droon't the puir wee bairrns" (CC3)
"The banks look unco' dour," said Port. "Fare main bad to me," said Starboard, who talked broad Norfolk because of her sister's talking Ginty language. (CC25)



Port and Starboard are not identical twins: "You're not as like as some twins I've seen." (Mrs Whittle, CC21). Nobody ever has any difficulty telling them apart.

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