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Before the Mast

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Mystic Seaport

Common seamen slept in the forecastle, at the front of the ship. The forecastle was forward of the foremast, and so it was said of ordinary seamen that they sailed "before the mast," differentiating them from the captain, officers and skilled hands.

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