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accommodation ladder

a portable flight of steps, usually having a small platform at each end, suspended at the side of a vessel to give access to and from boats alongside.
Origin of accommodation ladder
1760-70 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for accommodation ladder
  • The accommodation ladder was down, but did not reach the barge.
  • Where practical, a gangway or accommodation ladder should be provided.
  • The dock shall have a suitable landing area to receive the vessel's accommodation ladder at any water level.
British Dictionary definitions for accommodation ladder

accommodation ladder

(nautical) a flight of stairs or a ladder for lowering over the side of a ship for access to and from a small boat, pier, etc
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