A "donkey's breakfast" is "a sailor's nickname for a straw mattress, issued in some forecastles in the early 19th century."
(Source: Rogers, John G. Origins of sea terms.)
And, what's a "forecastle?" "A forward living compartment for the crew."
(Source: Kerchove, Rene de. International maritime dictionary.)
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