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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Ancient ships had a castle, as may be seen in the tapestry of the House of Lords, representing the Spanish Arma’da. The term forecastle means before the castle. The Romans called the castled ships navs turri’tæ.   1
        “That part of the upper deck forward of the foremast … In merchant ships, the forward part of the vessel, under the deck, where the sailors live.”—Dana: Seaman’s; Manual, p. 96.



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