Originally the name given to the platforms on either side of the skid-booms in the waist of a square-rigger, connecting the quarterdeck to the forecastle. It provided a convenient means of walking from one to the other without descending to the deck level of the waist. By extension it has today come to mean the movable passageway operated from the shore by which passengers and crews can enter or leave a ship when it is moored alongside. See also passerelle.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence — Maritime History.