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  • n. Plural form of forecastle.


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  • Likewise there were raised constructions at bow and stern, something like small forts, called forecastles and aftercastles; the former word still remaining under our modern term forecastle.

    Across the Spanish Main A Tale of the Sea in the Days of Queen Bess

  • But as the fight was still at comparatively close quarters -- owing to the guns being small, and of no great range, -- warships were fitted with cumbrous "forecastles" and "aftercastles" (see illustration on page 69), and with heavy tops on the masts, to contain musketeers, in order to command the enemy's deck.

    How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves Updated to 1900

  • High "forecastles" and "aftercastles," and heavy tops, thus became of little use and were discarded, as were also the oars used on smaller craft, as the art of sailing became better understood and vessels more seaworthy.

    How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves Updated to 1900

  • The first statement of each man -- ever an ancient one in homeward - bound forecastles -- was: "No boarding-house sharks in mine."

    Chapter 17

  • A man can sail in the forecastles of big ships all his life and never know what real sailing is.


  • My bedroom at home was not large, yet it could have contained a dozen similar forecastles, and taking into consideration the height of the ceiling,

    Chapter 14

  • His mind seemed to turn, on the instant, into a vast camera obscura, and he saw arrayed around his consciousness endless pictures from his life, of stoke-holes and forecastles, camps and beaches, jails and boozing-kens, fever-hospitals and slum streets, wherein the thread of association was the fashion in which he had been addressed in those various situations.

    Chapter 1

  • And, later, I remember the runaway apprentices -- boys of eighteen and twenty, of middle class English families, who had jumped their ships and apprenticeships in various ports of the world and drifted into the forecastles of the sealing schooners.

    Chapter 16

  • In the mid-sixteenth century, galleons tended to be ships of moderate size, often about 200 tons, with high forecastles and sterncastles.

    Champlain's Dream

  • Although the “total institution” of a ship resembled medieval fiefdoms, forecastles could be as egalitarian as later legends of the French Foreign Legion or of the American West, and as in both, identity was as fluid as the sea.

    A Furnace Afloat


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