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Middle English forecastel fore- fore- castel fortification castle
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Anglo-Norman forechasteil
A poop deck aft had cabins below and she probably had a high forecastle over the stem.
The need to limit the green water loading on FPSOs has led to the incorporation of substantial raised forecastle and bulwark structures.
It was blue and gold and crimson, with a high forecastle at its prow and high poop deck at its stern.
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