hatch (n.)
(plural) movable deck planks
MW II.i.86[Mistress Page to Mistress Ford, of Falstaff] If he come under my hatches, I'll never to sea again
R3 I.iv.13[Clarence to Keeper] Gloucester ... tempted me to walk / Upon the hatches
R3 I.iv.17[Clarence to Keeper, of Richard] we paced along / Upon the giddy footing of the hatches
Tem I.ii.230[Ariel to Prospero] The mariners all under hatches stowed
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