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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The swell was so great that we were in constant danger of being capsized under the accommodation-ladder.

    Tent Work in Palestine Claude Reignier Conder
  • The accommodation-ladder had not been unshipped since leaving Aden, and the man walked out on to the platform, as on to a balcony.

  • On the lower grating of the accommodation-ladder stood the commodore, with his first lieutenant, as the barge shoved off.

    Captain Brand of the "Centipede" H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
  • The captain and Alick lifted him tenderly, and assisted him up the accommodation-ladder of the steamer.

    The Young Lieutenant Oliver Optic
  • He paid the boatman his price, and then with an uneasy step walked up the accommodation-ladder.

  • An officer was standing on the accommodation-ladder, assisting up some passengers.

  • Shortly the boat's nose touched the accommodation-ladder over the Alfred's side.

    The Story of John Paul Jones Chelsea Curtis Fraser
  • They were just in time to see a motor-boat of unusual design run alongside the accommodation-ladder.

    The Dreadnought of the Air Percy F. Westerman
  • These two were fetched up while some of us lowered the accommodation-ladder and others swung out the boats on the davits.

    Foe-Farrell Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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