The airlines have indoctrinated us to accept a “steerage complex.”
A huge roller had hurled itself over the steerage, and broken a man's arm; but the part of the vessel she was on kept pretty dry.
Probably some steerage passengers have come on the cabin deck.
Everything was scrupulously clean, but of the plainest kind, and "steerage" seemed written everywhere.
I was at last convinced that they had no friends among the steerage passengers.
You seldom came aboard the frigate but we had him in the steerage among us reefers, to hear his long yarns, and share our cheer.
As Sim said, when he faced his problem, "I couldn't seem to get steerage way on her."
All the companies provide ample and wholesome fare for their steerage passengers.
If we can h'ist the jib we can get some steerage way on her, maybe.
He did not have $10 when he arrived—in fact, he went there in the steerage of one of the Government transports.
mid-15c., "action of steering," from steer (v.) + -age. Meaning "part of a ship in front of the chief cabin" is from 1610s; originally where the steering apparatus of the ship was, it retained the name after the introduction of the deck wheel in early 18c.; hence meaning "section of a ship with the cheapest accommodations," first recorded 1804.