The walk built out from the admiral's or captain's cabin in larger sailing warships and extending beyond the stern. They were often highly decorated with carved work, gilded or painted, and were covered in with a wooden roof, known as a cove, and protected from the weather with elaborate glassed windows. First- and second-rate men-of-war normally had three galleries, a large stern gallery with smaller galleries on either quarter. In these ships the galleries extended over two decks, thus giving six individual galleries. See also sternwalk.
Subjects: Maritime History.