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The name given to the lowest deck in a sailing man-of-war. It was the platform laid over the beams of a ship below the turn of the bilge, and was the deck on which the cables were coiled in their lockers when the anchors were weighed and also the deck on which were found the powder magazines, the principal storerooms, and the cabins of junior officers. In merchant ships, the orlop deck forms the floors of the cargo holds.

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