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  • n. Variant of forecastle.

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  • Forecastle.


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  • It'll be dead of winter off the Horn, and a fo'c's'le full of lunatics and cripples to do the work.


  • Big John there's a sailorman, an 'the fo'c's'le' ll do him.


  • A man naked to the waste was coiling down a line on the fo'c's'le head.

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  • If we be missin' some links, or if ye have more questions, fire a cannon over our fo'c's'le at midnight, or send e-mail to

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  • Van Gelder was away at once and was very quickly alongside the fo'c's'le of the Delos.


  • In the meantime, let us address ourselves to the problem of those poor souls on the fo'c's'le.


  • The darkness was still pretty complete, McKinnon couldn't even see as far as the fo'c's'le with the deck lights extinguished.

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  • Where it had exploded was impossible to tell from the bridge, for there was no visible uplifting or buckling of the fo'c's'le deck, but that it had done its damage was beyond doubt: the furious rattling of chain as one of the fore anchors plunged down to the floor of the Norwegian Sea could be heard a mile away.

    San Andreas

  • Yet another shell buried itself in the bows and this time, there was no doubt where it had landed for a small area of the fo'c's'le deck, port side, lifted upwards almost a foot.

    San Andreas

  • A third shell struck and exploded in the bows in almost the same position as the previous one - the already uplifted section of the fo'c's'le had heaved up almost another foot.

    San Andreas


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  • See also the variant fo'c'sle.

    January 27, 2008

  • Always pronounced in its short version - can be written "forecastle" and is part of a ship.

    January 27, 2008

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    December 9, 2006

  • Some folks'll never eat a skunk

    December 9, 2006