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companionway

Nautical a stairway or ladder leading from one deck to another in a boat or ship

companionway

[kəm′pan·yən‚wā]
(naval architecture)
A stairway that runs from one deck of a ship to another.
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Both ships had upper and lower saloons on adjoining decks, linked by companionways.
The smoking room is one deck below on the upper deck, off the first class entrance lobby and easily reached from the main saloon on the deck below using the companionway linking it to entrance lobby.
After the obligatory exploration of decks, companionways and any other nooks and crannies we could get into, we would stare ahead as the magic place drew tantalisingly nearer, although for us exasperatingly slowly.
Ship's members pour from cramped compartments and companionways.
The small cabins and narrow companionways are considered to be ideal for prison conversion, at a reasonably affordable cost.
All doors, hatches, companionways, scuttles, ports, or any other hole in the yacht's hull or superstructure through which an intruder might gain access to the interior should be examined.
At best, smaller yachts might have a flimsy companionway door lock, and larger yachts might be outfitted with a closed circuit television surveillance system.
Mr Whitten swam through flooded companionways to open valves connected to the ship's bilges which ensured it could stabilise itself.