The after part of the upper deck of a ship, traditionally reserved for officers.
From middle english quarterdecke, from old french quarter "a quarter" + deck "a deck".
- The quarterdeck was the most prestigious part of the ship, reserved for the captain and his officers.
- The quarterdeck was where the ceremonies and drills of the ship were conducted.
- The quarterdeck was a place of honor, where the flag of the ship was displayed.
- The quarterdeck was the center of activity on the ship, as it was where the navigation and steering was controlled.
- The quarterdeck was the focal point of the ship, where the crew would gather to hear the captain's orders.