What does the word steerage mean?

Usage examples for steerage

  1. We were coming back from West Australia, steerage- Mitchell, the Oracle, and I. I had gone over saloon, with a few pounds in my pocket. – Over the Sliprails by Henry Lawson
  2. Envy hath owned it was his doing, To save that hapless land from ruin; While they who at the steerage stood, And reaped the profit, sought his blood. – Specimens with Memoirs of the Less-known British Poets, Vol. 3 by George Gilfillan
  3. With Melville gone, With Sidmouth, and with Buckinghamshire too, The steerage of affairs has stood of late Somewhat provisional, as you, sir, know, With stop- gap functions thrust on offices Which common weal can tolerate but awhile. – The Dynasts An Epic-Drama Of The War With Napoleon, In Three Parts, Nineteen Acts, And One Hundred And Thirty Scenes by Thomas Hardy