||William Falconer's Dictionary of the Marine
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GAFF to GANG
GANG-BOARD to GIMBALS
GIMBLETING to Fire-GRAPPLING
GRATINGS to GROUND-TACKLE
GROWING to GUTTER-LEDGE
GUY to GYBING
GANGWAYGANGWAY, (passe-avant, Fr.) a narrow platform, or range of planks, laid horizontally along the upper part of a ship's side, from the quarter-deck to the forecastle, for the convenience of walking more expeditiously fore and aft, than by descending into the waist. This platform is therefore peculiar to ships which are deep waisted. It is fenced on the outside by several small iron pillars, and a rope extended from one to the other; and sometimes by a netting, to prevent any one from falling off into the sea when the ship is in motion. This is frequently called the gang-board in merchant vessels.
GANGWAY, (echelle, Fr.) is also that part of a ship's side, both within and without, by which the passengers enter and depart. It is for this purpose provided with a sufficient number of steps, or cleats, nailed upon the ship's side, nearly as low as the surface of the water; and sometimes furnished with a railed accommodation-ladder, whose lower end projects from the ship's hide, being secured in this position by iron braces, so as to render the ascent and descent extremely convenient.
GANGWAY, (accoursie, Fr.) is likewise used to signify a passage left in the hold, when a ship is laden, in order to arrive at any particular place therein, occasionally; as to examine the situation of the provisions or cargo; to discover and stop a leak; or to bring out any article required for service; &c. similarly, a gangway implies a thoroughfare, or narrow passage of any kind.
© Derived from Thomas Cadell's new corrected edition, London: 1780, page 138, 2004
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