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.
Historical Examples

“I shall do the best I can to make it so,” answered Christy, as he followed his companion down the accommodation ladder.
Fighting for the Right Oliver Optic

The boat in which the captain had just returned lay at the accommodation ladder.
Work and Win Oliver Optic

Without waiting for a reply, he sprang forward to the head of the accommodation ladder and shinned down it into the launch.
A Traitor’s Wooing Headon Hill

At last we reached the yacht, and pulled up at the accommodation ladder.
The Kidnapped President Guy Boothby

“If you’ll wait a moment, I’ll let down the accommodation ladder,” answered the Lieutenant.
Captain Calamity Rolf Bennett

As he went down the accommodation ladder an idea occurred to me.
The Kidnapped President Guy Boothby

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

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

Seeing that there was a woman in the boat, the brig lowered its accommodation ladder, and the captain was standing at the gangway.
No Surrender! G. A. Henty

On the larboard side of the ship was placed the accommodation ladder, leading from the gangway to the water.
American Prisoners of the Revolution Danske Dandridge

(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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