from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In merchant ships, that part of the upper deck which lies between the forecastle and the poop; in men-of-war, the deck next below the spar-deck; the gun-deck. See
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The main-deck entrance, on the port side, was into a wide, well-carpeted hallway.
As I held up my gun and gazed at the abruptly-deserted main-deck I was aware of Wada's touch on my arm.
On the forward main-deck was a big canvas tank with six feet of sea-water.
Later Mistress Madison showed me where I was to sleep, and so, having bid one another a very warm good-night, we parted, she going to see that her aunt was comfortable, and I out on to the main-deck to have a chat with the man on watch.
Then when I had made an end upon the poop, she led me down on to the main-deck, and here I was very greatly impressed by the prodigious size of the structure which they had built about the hulk, and the skill with which it had been carried out, the supports crossing from side to side and to the decks in a manner calculated to give great solidity to that which they upheld.
And that hapless son of Ham, who happened to be just crossing the main-deck, heard a marlingspike, which by ill luck was lying at hand, flying past his ears.
“Gunner Yeo, sir,” shouted a voice up from the main-deck.
There was a very manifest difference between the two sides of the main-deck of this vessel; one was scrupulously clean, the other by no means so; and, on inquiring the reason, I was told that the clean side was reserved for strangers!
Amyas took charge of the poop, Cary of the forecastle, and Yeo, as gunner, of the main-deck, while Drew, as master, settled himself in the waist; and all was ready, and more than ready, before the great ship was within two miles of them.
The great difference in appearance between these packets and ours, is, that there is so much of them out of the water: the main-deck being enclosed on all sides, and filled with casks and goods, like any second or third floor in a stack of warehouses; and the promenade or hurricane-deck being a-top of that again.
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