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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of a number of the crew who are stationed on the forecastle of a man-of-war.


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  • A forecastleman, addressing a petty officer, inquired how she could hail from San Francisco, then belonging to the United States, and fly the Peruvian flag.

    Kathay: A Cruise in the China Seas

  • "Hallo, what's the matter?" here came growling from a forecastleman awakened from his deck-doze by Billy's raised voice.

    Billy Budd


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