Often, of course, the talk in the forecastle turned on drink, and the men told of their more exciting or humorous drunks, remembering such passages more keenly, with greater delight, than all the other passages of their adventurous lives.
John Barleycorn had thrown him, and he was winding up his career where he had begun it, in the forecastle.
We put old Redruth in the gallery between the cabin and the forecastle
, with three or four loaded muskets and a mattress for protection.
At this moment, leaning on the forecastle
bulwark, I saw below me Ned Land grappling the martingale in one hand, brandishing his terrible harpoon in the other, scarcely twenty feet from the motionless animal.
The rush of expectant men out of the forecastle, the snatching of hand-spikes, the tramp of feet, the clink of the pawls, make a stirring accompaniment to a plaintive up-anchor song with a roaring chorus; and this burst of noisy activity from a whole ship's crew seems like a voiceful awakening of the ship herself, till then, in the picturesque phrase of Dutch seamen, "lying asleep upon her iron.
Gradually she loses her way, hardly moving, with the three figures on her forecastle waiting attentively about the cat-head for the last order of, perhaps, full ninety days at sea: "Let go
I lingered behind in the forecastle
a moment to take a parting glance at its familiar features, and just as I was about to ascend to the deck my eye happened to light on the bread-barge and beef-kid, which contained the remnants of our last hasty meal.
Thus passed the long evenings on the forecastle
in merry chat, and during the same time the doctor went on with his instructive discourses.
With this idea in view she opened negotiations with the two sailors she had imprisoned in the forecastle
, and having forced their consent to her plans, upon pain of death should they attempt disloyalty, she released them just as darkness closed about the ship.
Without arguing this matter of my general reputation, accepting it at its current face value, let me add that I have indeed lived life in a very rough school and have seen more than the average man's share of inhumanity and cruelty, from the forecastle
and the prison, the slum and the desert, the execution-chamber and the lazar-house, to the battlefield and the military hospital.
Thornbury, Walters, Hackett, Baddlesmere, you are with Sir Oliver on the forecastle.
The Norman hath a mangonel or a trabuch upon the forecastle.
Give me leave, sir" said Riach; "you've a good head upon your shoulders, and a good Scotch tongue to ask with; but I will leave you no manner of excuse; I want that boy taken out of this hole and put in the forecastle