Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The hatch next abaft the foremast on sailing-vessels, but generally forward of the foremast on steamers.
“Mugridge went down on the fore-hatch under three men; but he emerged from the mass like an eel, bleeding at the mouth, the offending shirt ripped into tatters, and sprang for the main-rigging.”
“Here you see me without an ear, damaged in the fore-hatch, and with the larboard bow stove in-and how much do”
“In the space forward on the main-deck we have the fore-hatch, and by the side of this a room entirely lined with zinc plates, which serves for storing furs.”
“They came back by way of Karachi by sea, when Kim took his first experience of sea-sickness sitting on the fore-hatch of a coasting-steamer, well persuaded he had been poisoned.”
“Neither could succeed in shaking the other off; and as the two rolled and twisted together about the deck, now a mass of blood and gore, they gradually edged away from the thick of the fight, until they rolled together close to the fore-hatch; then, with one vigorous effort, the black cook, as if he had reserved his final _coup_ until he had wearied the other out, lifted the”
“The cooks and stewards, their hands on the combing, filled the fore-hatch.”
“And you lubbers below, wake up there! 'he exclaimed over the fore-hatch, firing a shot down below as he spoke.”
“Not to where they were in the fore-hatch -- he knew a thing or two better than that -- but to his cabin, and in a minute he comes up again with a revolver in each of his fists.”
“Mainsail haul!" the canvas shakes; the long, cumbrous yard groans upon its bearings; there is a great whizzing of the cordage through the blocks; but, in the midst of it all, -- coming keenly to the captain's ear, -- a voice from the fore-hatch exclaims, "By G--, she touches!”
“R---- spoke not in answer; but walking to the fore-hatch, descended into the forecastle, and we followed.”
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