• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Companion-ladder the ladder or stair leading from the deck to the officers' cabin
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cf. Dut. kompanje; O. Fr. compagne; It. compagne.


In literature:

At the inner end were some more lockers, and aft, there was an open stove, or fireplace, alongside of the companion-ladder.
"The Young Trawler" by R.M. Ballantyne
With his face cut and bleeding he sprang up the companion-ladder.
"The Lifeboat" by R.M. Ballantyne
Ruby, my boy," cried the elated son of Vulcan, as he descended the companion ladder, "we're goin' to flit, lad.
"The Lighthouse" by R.M. Ballantyne
Steps sounded above and came heavily down the companion-ladder.
"Short Cruises" by W. W. Jacobs
I drew my breath with difficulty, and stood upon the companion-ladder hearkening with straining ears, my hand upon the door.
"The Frozen Pirate" by W. Clark Russell
As he disappeared down the ladder, Ladro turned to his companion.
"The Players" by Everett B. Cole
Once more they climbed up the companion ladder, from which they had jumped down at the last broadside.
"Adrift in a Boat" by W.H.G. Kingston
Still only half awake, I found my way up the companion-ladder.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
But how raw and chill it felt as I went up the companion-ladder.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
At this moment the personage referred to was heard descending the companion-ladder.
"The Pirate and The Three Cutters" by Frederick Marryat
He found MacAndrew, Maas, and Jimmy Foote standing together near the saloon companion-ladder.
"The Red Rat's Daughter" by Guy Boothby
At a signal from the flag-ship the boats are hauled to the companion-ladders, and the men pour into them.
"Harper's Round Table, October 1, 1895" by Various
Two minutes later Captain Crotty descended the companion-ladder and entered the sloop's hold.
"Harper's Round Table, October 15, 1895" by Various
They stepped together on to the shaky companion ladder, jutting, narrow and slippery, into the water.
"The Undying Past" by Hermann Sudermann
For an instant Craddock stopped in amazement, but a brutal push from the pirates behind drove him up the companion ladder.
"The Dealings of Captain Sharkey" by A. Conan Doyle
She sidled, at last, towards the yacht's companion ladder.
"The Pursuit" by Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
After the ceremony of a general prostration there was a tumultuous rush for the companion-ladder.
"The Funny Philosophers" by George Yellott
We accordingly descended the companion ladder in single file, and once more entered the saloon.
"A Cabinet Secret" by Guy Boothby
Entrance to this sea-parlor was obtained through a companion way and a ladder leading down from the deck.
"The Viking Blood" by Frederick William Wallace
Then he stole away as he had entered; but, as he mounted the companion ladder, he closed and fastened the door.
"Miles Tremenhere, Vol 2 of 2" by Annette Marie Maillard

In news:

The repetition and need to go up and down the ladder sparked an idea in an area man that he later turned into his own invention he called the Ladder Companion.