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A built-in wooden bed on board ship. In the main cabin of some sailing vessels engaged in trade during the 18th and 19th centuries the sides were lined with bunks fitted with sliding panels to provide privacy, since the captain, mates, and any lady passengers, or the captain's wife, were all accommodated there. In the early ocean liners, particularly on the Transatlantic route, passengers who could not afford a cabin went steerage class instead, where bunks were erected in tiers one above the other, to obtain the maximum sleeping accommodation within the minimum space.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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