little glass in the cabin bulk-head.

enkidu68

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turkish
Hi folks, this is cited from Wellingborough Redburn by Hermann Melville (1849)
Question: So, was the helm of the ship was standing in cabin bulk-head?



In his rakish vest, and dangling watch-chain, this same youth, with all the awfulness of fear, had led the earnest petitions of his companions; supplicating mercy, where before he had never solicited the slightest favor. More than once had he been seen thus engaged by the observant steersman at the helm: who looked through the little glass in the cabin bulk-head.
 
  • Uncle Jack

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    British English
    The ship's helm might be in front of the (captain's) cabin (does the narrative mention a poop deck?), in which case the helmsman could see through the bulkhead windows by looking over his shoulder every so often.
     

    enkidu68

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    turkish
    Yes it mentions every now and then like this one:

    It was diverting to observe the self-importance of the skipper of any of these diminutive vessels. He would give himself all the airs of an admiral on a three-decker's poop; and no doubt, thought quite as much of himself.
     

    Uncle Jack

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    That quote refers to a different ship, a three-decker, which would have a poop deck - see this picture of HMS Victory with the helm, and the cabin behind it; the poop deck is above the cabin. The sentence does not say anything about the ship they were on, which I am sure was far smaller and less salubrious..
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