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Hatch

A gateway or cover for a divide between decks of a ship. See also: International trade.
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Should an attempt be made to capture the Vessel during the day, the Guard on Duty, instead of repairing to the Hatchways, is to defend the Barricado and Quarter-Deck, and to be reinforced by the next Watch.
"'Hind de hatchway, in ferry-boat, goin" ober de Roanoke"
Some of the troops now moved back into line and continued down the hatchway. Others pushed to the vacated places about the railings and some moved to their equipment seeking their gear so that they might also eat.
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.
Pulling on my jacket I made my way across the sleeping bodies to the steps leading to the hatchway and arrived on deck.
I'm small so I feel very vulnerable when I'm standing in a police station reading injunctions to these massive blokes through the hatchway of their cell.
Caught in a rent of the sail, the officer slipped and fell near the sharp iron edge of the hatchway. As he fell, he caught Israel by the most terrible part in which mortality can be grappled.
Bedroom four has its own shower room, plus an access hatchway to the loft and Velux window.
The Cavalier casually passed a hammer to a workman who fell through the hatchway in terror.
The Deck (The coffin laid upon two line-tubs, between the vice-bench and the open hatchway; the Carpenter caulking its seams; the string of twisted oakum slowly unwinding from a large roll of it placed in the bosom of his frock.--Ahab comes slowly from the cabin-gangway, and hears Pip following him.)
The Big Toe Security Method: We know one solo yachtsman who worried about his security but wanted to leave his hatchway open to let the breezes through in the tropics.
A wind-sail rigged down there swung against him accidentally, and he remembered that the light touch of the canvas on his face nearly knocked him off the hatchway ladder.