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date: 31 October 2020

forecastle , (pron. fo‘c'sle), 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea
Author(s):
 Dear Dear, Peter KempPeter Kemp

the space beneath the short raised deck forward, known in sailing ships as the topgallant forecastle, to be seen usually in smaller ships. The origin of the names lies in the castle built up over the bows of the old-time fighting ships in which archers were stationed to attack the crews of enemy vessels or to repulse ... ...

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