I'd made use of an orlop-deck port—that's the next deck below the gun-deck, which by rights should not have been open at all.
In a ship of war it should be below the lowest battery or gun-deck.
A Lieutenant or other responsible officer should be detailed to command the gun-deck in the absence of the boarders and pikemen.
Nor did her gun-deck appear to me particularly roomy for her burthen.
They were treated very politely and shown every department from sleeping quarters to gun-deck.
The gun-deck mounted twenty-eight guns, all twelve-pounders.
The ports on the gun-deck were all stove in and she seemed to be filling with water.
Then at last the long 18-pounders on the gun-deck got a word in.
Men on the gun-deck of the ram were hurled to the deck, with the blood streaming from their nostrils.
Operation must have been by a tiller under the gun-deck beams.