companion-ladder love



from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The steps or ladder on a ship leading from the poop-deck or quarter-deck to the cabin.
  • n. A sloping ladder with flat treads or steps, for passage from one deck to another.


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  • Two were fired — one, aimed at Bob Harvey, did not wound him, or at any rate only slightly, and Ayrton, profiting by the momentary retreat of his adversaries, rushed towards the companion-ladder to gain the deck.

    The Mysterious Island

  • I wonder what the weather's doing '; he rose, glanced at the aneroid, the clock, and the half-closed skylight with a curious circular movement, and went a step or two up the companion-ladder, where he remained for several minutes with head and shoulders in the open air.

    The Riddle of the Sands

  • Nor did he now, long after midnight, make any sign when, without touching the rails, she came swiftly up the companion-ladder, bending her bronze head to miss the edge of the awning; and he made no movement as she sped past him, crossed the deck to the starboard rail, and putting both hands upon it, swung her body back as you do when you are going to vault clear.

    Leonie of the Jungle

  • Having agreed with one of these to go from the vessel to the city at the rate of fifty cents apiece in gold, our party passed down the companion-ladder and entered a well-built bumboat, painted in green, blue and yellow, adorned with carpets, cushions, one sail and a gorgeous awning.

    Donahoe's Magazine, Volume 15, No. 2, February 1886

  • Whereupon both sniggered at the skipper's apt mimicry of Master Conky's pet phrase, which Captain Applegarth pronounced in the little beggar's exact tone of voice, so like indeed being the imitation that I nearly choked myself while swallowing the balance of my cocoa, as I hastily drained my cup and rose to follow the skipper up the companion-ladder to the deck.

    The Ghost Ship A Mystery of the Sea

  • So saying, he fairly pushed us out of the cabin; and, the colonel limping by my side and using my shoulder as a crutch, as he had previously done, we both went up the companion-ladder, and gained the poop.

    The Ghost Ship A Mystery of the Sea

  • Daily ascending the companion-ladder to the main-deck aft, she gradually faded from cognisance forward.

    Hilda A Story of Calcutta

  • They shook off their normal and habitual torpidity, and cheerfully elbowed their neighbours, nearly tumbling down the companion-ladder in their eagerness to be first in the field.

    A War-time Journal, Germany 1914 and German Travel Notes

  • Darting lightly back to the companion-ladder, I slipped down it and was on the point of escaping forward when I heard slow steps.

    The Mutineers

  • The next minute she was rolling head over heels down the companion-ladder, down which it had evidently been her intention to go right side up, for a joke.

    Queensland Cousins


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