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berth

Nautical
1. a place assigned to a ship at a mooring
2. sufficient distance from the shore or from other ships or objects for a ship to manoeuvre
3. accommodation on a ship
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Aye, shipmates, Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship --a berth in the cabin as I have taken it, and was fast asleep.
First we had supper, and then tramped up and down the deck together smoking till most midnight; then we went and set down in my stateroom and locked the doors and looked in the piece of paper to see if the di'monds was all right, then laid it on the lower berth right in full sight; and there we set, and set, and by-and-by it got to be dreadful hard to keep awake.
More than one took up his quarters voluntarily in the cross-trees, who would have cursed such a berth under any other circumstances.
Oh, a trifle of sea-sickness--I've been staying in my berth.
I left it there, with the water rippling round it, under the still stars, and giving it a wide berth pursued my way towards the yellow glow of the house; and presently, with a positive effect of relief, came the pitiful moaning of the puma, the sound that had originally driven me out to explore this mysterious island.
He never lent money to anyone, but I had, on entering the service, been specially recommended to him by an important personage who had got me my berth.
I have a post by which I live; at the death of Monsieur de Treville, who is old, I may be a captain, which is a very snug berth for a once penniless Gascon.
We, his officers, could hear him moving about in his berth, or lightly snoring, or fetching deep sighs, or splashing and blowing in his bath-room; and we made our reports to him through the keyhole, as it were.
As has been said, when Disko thought of cod he thought as a cod; and by some long-tested mixture of instinct and experience, moved the "We're Here" from berth to berth, always with the fish, as a blindfolded chess-player moves on the unseen board.
But my berth was in such a position, that when my own state-room door was open, as well as the sliding door in question(and my own door was ALWAYS open on account of the heat,) I could see into the after-cabin quite distinctly, and just at that portion of it, too, where were situated the state-rooms of Mr.
His grand-nephew had given him the sofa, occupying the lower berth himself.
However, there is always a cheering influence about the sea; and in my berth that night, rocked by the measured swell of the waves and lulled by the murmur of the distant surf, I soon passed tranquilly out of all consciousness of the dreary experiences of the day and damaging premonitions of the future.