Fo’c’sle

Correctly fo’c’s’le: the sailors’ usual way of speaking of a forecastle, a raised deck in the bow of a ship. In medieval ships the forecastle was an elevated platform in the bow from which archers could shoot at the enemy. Protection was afforded by a wooden bulwark (wall) on which shields were often hung. Extending somewhat above the bulwarks, the collective shields resembled the castellated top of a castle wall, hence the term “forecastle.” See Item No. 1 on the drawing of nautical terms.

Pronunciation: 
FOKE-sill
Context: 
love burns as brightly in the fo’c’sle
Opera: 
Act: 
Act II