A small gallery on each quarter of a ship, with balustrades in the larger ships, which communicated with the stern gallery. Like the large gallery in the stern, they were used to provide a private walking space for the occupant of the cabin with which they communicated. Also like the stern gallery, they were, in vessels such as warships and East Indiamen, highly decorated with carvings. Galleries and quarter galleries first made an appearance in the late 14th or early 15th centuries and were still in use in the larger warships in the form of a sternwalk until the second decade of the 20th century.
Subjects: Maritime History.