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  • I could not help noting the air and carriage with which Mr. Mellaire came down the poop-ladder and took his part in the introduction.


  • I heard the second mate move along the deck beneath me and stop at the foot of the poop-ladder.


  • As chance would have it, Mr. Mellaire was a quarter of an hour ahead of time, and he climbed the poop-ladder and stood beside us while the mate concluded his tale.


  • Shorty, the Japanese half-caste, clown that he was, dancing and grinning on the outskirts of the struggle, with a final grimace and hysterical giggle led the retreat across the poop and down the poop-ladder.


  • He went up the poop-ladder three steps at a time and disappeared in the direction of the wheel behind the chart-house.


  • The second mate sprang down the poop-ladder and darted past me along the deck.


  • As he went down the poop-ladder, there was some one sitting on the lowest step.

    Westward Ho!

  • I thought, The masts will be toppling over directly; and to get out of the way bolted on all-fours towards the poop-ladder.

    Youth, by Joseph Conrad

  • "Ay, true enough," replied Captain Farmer, with a chuckle, as he came down the poop-ladder and turned to go into his cabin.

    Crown and Anchor Under the Pen'ant

  • "Ah!" muttered Captain Farmer, who had come down the poop-ladder and was waiting for the news before returning to his cabin, as he passed the marine sentry before disappearing within the sliding door, expressing his thoughts aloud, "That's better, much better -- I thought she could do it with this wind!"

    Crown and Anchor Under the Pen'ant


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  • "'By your leave, sir,' said the captain of the afterguard, coming up the poop-ladder with a horde of swabbers."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission, 90

    February 13, 2008