lower deck

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The deck of a ship next above the orlop deck. It is a term used to indicate the rating of naval ships, e.g. officers belong to the quarterdeck, ratings to the lower deck. The expression possibly comes from the order ‘clear lower deck’, given when all seamen in the days of sailing navies were required on the upper deck, either to cope with an emergency or to hear some important announcement by their captain.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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