Thursday, April 19, 2018

A to Z Challenge - Q is for Quartermaster & Quarterdeck


ARMY - Quartermaster and Chemical Equipment Repairers perform maintenance on chemical equipment, quartermaster machinery, forced air-heaters, and special purpose equipment.

NAVY - Quartermasters stand watch as assistants to officers of the deck and the navigator; serve as helmsman and perform ship control, navigation and bridge watch duties.

COAST GUARD - Quartermasters are navigators who are assigned to all types of cutters. Their duties include all aspects of voyage planning, maintaining nautical charts and publications and the proper use and care of navigation equipment.

QUARTERDECK - a raised deck behind the main mast of a sailing ship. Traditionally, where the captain commanded his vessel and where the ship's colors were kept.

Different types of decks:

1. Poop Deck: located on the vessel’s stern, used by the vessel’s commanding superiors to observe the work and navigational proceedings.

2. Main Deck: the primary deck in any vessel. Not the topmost deck, which is called the weather deck. On sailing warships, it is usually the deck below the upper deck.

3. Upper Deck: the topmost deck on a ship, the largest deck amongst all other decks.

4. Lower Deck: located below the primary or main deck, generally comprises more than one deck, next to the lowest or orlop deck.

5. Promenade Deck: a place for the voyagers to take a walk on the ship, enjoying the beauty of the ocean. Generally the area around the superstructure, with either open railings or enclosed in glass.

6. Tween Deck:  an empty space separating or between (tween) two other decks in the hull of a vessel.

7. Flush Deck: extends from the front part of the ship to the aft. On such decks, there is no raised forecastle or lowered quarterdeck.

8. Weather Deck: a deck that is not roofed, open to the weather conditions of the sea, the upper most deck on the ship which is exposed to the environment.

9. Bridge Deck: the deck on which the navigational equipment of the ship is housed. The skipper and commanding officers generally are positioned on this deck during the voyage.

10. Quarter Deck: located near to the chief mast of a vessel on its stern. It is a part of the upper deck and includes the poop deck. Generally accessible only to the most senior naval officers on the vessel. When in port, all the activities of the ships are controlled from the quarter deck.

What's next for R?
R is for Reserves.  How do you join the Reserves?  What are the requirements?  What do they do?  Which branches of the military have them?  Come back tomorrow and find out!


  1. Well that was interesting. Who knew there were so many decks!

  2. The Quatermaster is also the guy who gives James Bond all his cool gadgets! (Hence "Q"). ;)

    I, too, am surprised at all the decks on a ship!

    1. Yep - Q. Altho I had no idea it actually stood for something lol

  3. I wonder if they'd still call all those decks the same thing today?

    And interesting addition, Colin. I didn't' know that either =)

    1. Colin is apparently well-rounded. He knows a lot more than just Dr Who facts =)