hatchway


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hatchway

1. an opening in the deck of a vessel to provide access below
2. a similar opening in a wall, floor, ceiling, or roof, usually fitted with a lid or door

roof hatch

A hinged panel unit, providing a weathertight means of access to a roof.
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He followed cautiously, but when he got to bows found no one, and the hatchways were all closed.
The red-haired man gave a yawp of exultation and stood staggering, and as it seemed to me in serious danger of either going backwards down the companion hatchway or forwards upon his victim.
Pacing back and forth the length of the hatchways and savagely chewing the end of a cigar, was the man whose casual glance had rescued me from the sea.
Where did’ee ever fall in with a regular built vessel, with starn-post and cutwater, gar board-streak and plank- shear, gangways, and hatchways, and waterways, quarter-deck, and forecastle, ay, and flush-deck?
For days they suffered the doleful rigors and retchings of sea-sickness, lurking below in their berths in squalid state, or emerging now and then like spectres from the hatchways, in capotes and blankets, with dirty nightcaps, grizzly beard, lantern visage and unhappy eye, shivering about the deck, and ever and anon crawling to the sides of the vessel, and offering up their tributes to the windward, to infinite annoyance of the captain.
Between decks strong nail-studded wooden stanchions surrounded the hatchways with a small, steel, triple-locked door opening into the convict quarters on the lower deck.
As I held on to the door of the hatchway, I muttered to myself: "I don't care how many Germans are waiting for us or what the conditions are on the beaches, the sooner we get off this craft the better.
ON PATROL A crewman mans a general purpose machine gun mounted in the hatchway of a helicopter crossing San Carlos Water.
E[currency]ANGHAY (CyHAN)- An object that fell from the sky and crashed through the roof of a Shanghai factory earlier this week was part of a hatchway cover from the undercarriage of a Boeing 777, China's civil aviation regulator said on Thursday.
He was knocked off his feet and injured his knee but climbed a ladder and found an open hatchway abandoned by its sentry.
It was a huge ying saucer on four legs - about 60ft in diameter, had a Union Flag on the hull and there was a hatchway in its curved underside, with a ladder leading from it.
The human waste is collected for fertiliser, accessible with a shovel from outside the house's wall through a hatchway.