quarter deck


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quarter deck

[′kwȯrd·ər ‚dek]
(naval architecture)
The after portion of a weather deck.
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We remained talking on the quarter deck until the sky was thick with stars.
There is a dimly lit painting, a copy of the original work by Arthur Devis, which graphically illustrates the solemn scene and is far more evocative than a more heroic (and well-known) depiction of Nelson's wounding on the Quarter Deck by artist Benjamin West.
Carden added, "Had he been better acquainted with the true state of this point of their Exertion, & that of the Howitser Cannon mounted in each of their Tops, he might have been content & spar'd himself the remark.--For out of Fifty two Officers & Men Quartered on my quarter Deck, only eight & myself Escap'd Death or being desperately Wounded."
But the QE2 was built in a different era, when ships looked like ships rather than floating apartment blocks, and when decks were given naval names such as Quarter Deck and Upper Deck (which is confusingly below the Boat Deck).
The spot on the quarter deck where Nelson fell victim to a French sniper is marked by a brass plaque, and, below decks, a laurel wreath shows where he died, before his corpse was shipped home in a barrel of brandy.
The spot on the quarter deck where he fell victim to a French sniper is marked by a brass plaque, and, below decks, a laurel wreath shows where he died, before his corpse was shipped home in a barrel of brandy.
At about 1:15, as he was pacing the quarter deck with Hardy, Victory's captain, he was hit through the shoulder by a bullet fired from the Redoutable, a French 74-gun ship-of-the-line which had fought superbly before she too struck her colours.
But by far the best model at sea is the stunning, show-stopping four-funneled RMS Mauretania located on fleetmate Queen Elizabeth 2's Quarter Deck foyer; it is probably the most photographed in the world today, often used as a fitting backdrop to passengers wishing to recall their crossing or cruise.
Opening with the bright march On The Quarter Deck, the massed bands (with YBS playing the lead in the first half) delivered a brilliant overture to Hector Berlioz's Le Carnaval Romain with Evans keeping an expert tight rein in the very tricky Allegro passages.
"So anyway we were standing off, I think I was on cook duties, I was just coming up on deck and here's this bloody big shell, it went straight through the quarter deck straight into the magazines.
The island in question -or what little remains of it -was,excitingly, to be our destination,as I watched the night- time lights of Athens recede in the distance from the quarter deck of the magnificent four- masted clipper ship which was to be my luxury home for the next three days.
Finally, we are back up on the quarter deck with the helm or wheel and the domain of captain and officers where sailors needed permission to tread.