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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
First recorded in 1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The boat in which the captain had just returned lay at the accommodation ladder.

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  • The accommodation ladder was lowered to enable them to descend.

    The Three Admirals W.H.G. Kingston
  • At last we reached the yacht, and pulled up at the accommodation ladder.

  • As he went down the accommodation ladder an idea occurred to me.

  • The boat came to the side, and Paul mounted the accommodation ladder.

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  • As she spoke, she went forward and stood up in the bow of the boat, ready to step upon the accommodation ladder.

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  • It was the first time Lucy had come on board, and with no little pride and happiness he helped her up the accommodation ladder.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • “Glad to see you,” he exclaimed, as he ran down to help him up the accommodation ladder.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • On the larboard side of the ship was placed the accommodation ladder, leading from the gangway to the water.

  • As soon as this assurance was given, the individual was ordered to pass down the accommodation ladder into the boat.

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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