- 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
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Examples from the Web for accommodation ladder
The accommodation-ladder had not been unshipped since leaving Aden, and the man walked out on to the platform, as on to a balcony.
The captain and Alick lifted him tenderly, and assisted him up the accommodation-ladder of the steamer.The Young Lieutenant
Shortly the boat's nose touched the accommodation-ladder over the Alfred's side.The Story of John Paul Jones
Chelsea Curtis Fraser
An officer was standing on the accommodation-ladder, assisting up some passengers.James Braithwaite, the Supercargo
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
- 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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