Definitions for "Quarterdeck"
Keywords:  deck, stern, ship, rear, uden
A deck above above the main deck whicih streched from the stern to about 1/2 way along the length of the ship. It was from this deck that the captain and officers controlled the ship.
"The after part of the upper deck before the poop...The quarterdeck was normally reserved for officers, and only they could walk the quarterdeck." (Uden & Cooper)
the stern area of a ship's upper deck