Terms & Glossaries of Shipping and Trading


A cry to draw attention on board. This is usually a term used to hail a boat or a ship, as 'Boat ahoy!'

What is Ahoy?

Ahoy is a signal word used to call to a ship or boat. It’s derived from the Middle English cry, 'Hoy!'. The word fell out of use at one time, but was revived when sailing became a popular sport. 'Ahoy' can also be used as a greeting, a warning, or a farewell.