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1 The general nautical term for what on shore would be called a staircase. Ladders leading from deck to deck are known as accommodation ladders; gangway ladders, rigged over the side when a ship is anchored or at a mooring, extend from a small platform level with the upper deck down to the level of the water, and are used when embarking or disembarking from small boats.

2 A term used in the control of naval gunnery when finding the range of an enemy vessel.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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