The distance from the Ulster Club to the quay where the Liverpool steamer is berthed is ordinarily less than a ten minutes' walk.
How could this man have left my cabin as he had done, and yet now be berthed in his own?
Jim, who had to work his passage, slept in the fore-peak, but I was berthed aft.
The officers and crew are berthed forward, and the servants' quarters are aft.
It was plain, then, that the cook had not berthed aft, and I must look elsewhere.
And where are you berthed, and what cargo of this worlds goods have you got in your lockers?
His ship must have been berthed in the East India Docks; they are much further off.
Evidently it was here that the officers and the engineers were berthed.
“Why, Mistress Becky, that depends whether they are berthed forward or aft,” answered Tom.
At last an escort came: we were berthed and lay about waiting for the dawn.
1620s, "convenient sea room" (both for ships and sailors), of uncertain origin, probably from bear (v.) + abstract noun suffix -th (2) as in strength, health, etc. Original sense is preserved in phrase to give (something or someone) wide berth. Meaning "place on a ship to stow chests, room for sailors" is from 1706; extended to non-nautical situations by 1778.
1660s, of ships, from berth (n.). Of persons (intransitive), from 1886. Related: Berthed; berthing.
A job, appointment, situation, etc: Dissatisfied with his prewar truck-driving berth (late 1700s+ Nautical)