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Frank Scott
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    As a midshipman he was treated as a junior officer, with some privileges. Being ‘turned before the mast’ meant being disrated to ‘common’ seaman, and living & working with them. Traditional accommodation for the seamen was in the forecastle – before the mast.
    The Oxford Companion to Ships & the Sea – latest edition 2016, by Peter Kemp & Ian Dear (also on-line at many public libraries), is a good source for such things.