from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, that part of the rail which runs above the quarter of the ship; the rail that serves as a guard to the quarter-deck where there are no ports or bulwarks.


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  • You must bear in mind, Rector, that I could not see them, and durst not get up to peep over the quarter-rail, for fear of scaring them.


  • I pounded along the narrow promenade to the after rail and could have whooped with relief at the sight of two Sikh guards on the wide stern deck ten feet below me, blazing away at the devil's crew who were tumbling over the quarter-rail.

    Flashman and the Dragon

  • The words "Royal Sovereign, Liverpool," were painted in gold letters on her stern, and on the circular buoys hanging upon her quarter-rail was the same name in black.

    Mr. Trunnell, Mate of the Ship "Pirate"

  • As I drew near the ship, I was aware of a bushy head above her port quarter-rail, and in a moment the little mate, Trunnell, looked over and hailed me.

    Mr. Trunnell, Mate of the Ship "Pirate"

  • It was a beautiful morning and the sun shone brightly over our quarter-rail.

    Mr. Trunnell, Mate of the Ship "Pirate"

  • Jack stood by the quarter-rail a long time watching the sun sink into the distant water, and then the silent coming of the stars into the firmament overhead.

    Jack North's Treasure Hunt Or, Daring Adventures in South America

  • Ordinarily, the howitzer may be placed in the bow on its boat-carriage, bolted to the stem-pivot; the field-carriage aft, with its wheels resting on the floor of the stern-sheets and bearing against the after thwart; the trail laid over the quarter-rail, so as not to interfere with the steering; and the ammunition stowed in the stern-sheets, or elsewhere, as may be most convenient for trim of boat, or for its own preservation.

    Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy. 1866. Fourth edition.

  • Then came the hoarse roar of a speaking trumpet and I saw Resolution, his face a smother of blood, where he leaned hard by across the quarter-rail.

    Martin Conisby's Vengeance

  • Heartened by these shouts and moreover seeing how feebly I clutched at the quarter-rail, the great negro uttered a shrill cry of triumph and leapt at me; but as he came I sprang to meet his rush and stooping swiftly, caught him below the knees and in that same moment, straining every nerve, every muscle and sinew to the uttermost, I rose up and hove him whirling over my shoulder.

    Martin Conisby's Vengeance

  • After a time he went to the quarter-rail and gazed forward.

    Wide Courses


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