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A term used in the old sailing navies to describe the number of gun-decks, and therefore the size, of warships, such as a two-decker, three-decker, etc. It referred only to the decks on which batteries of guns were mounted and not to the total number of decks in the ship. The gun-decks of three-deckers, in ascending order, were the lower gun-deck, main gun-deck, and upper gun-deck, even though this upper gun-deck was next below the upper deck.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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