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Tubular Space-Gangway  
  A means of traversing the short distance between two ships in space.  

This is an unusual idea, deriving from the flat planks that comprise a typical gangway from a ship to dock on Earth. The word "gangway" is quite old, from Old English, and derives from "gang" in its original sense as "a going, journey, way, passage".

The Kert fleet came warily on until it had recognized the Rhel ships, and then one of the Kert craft drove up to hang beside the ship of Mnann. In its pilot room could be glimpsed Jurn and Hollak and Newell.

Swiftly a tubular space-gangway was run out from the space-door of the Rhel craft to the other, and in a moment the three from the other had joined March and Connor and the Rhel leaders.

Technovelgy from The Star-Roamers, by Edmond Hamilton.
Published by Weird Tales in 1933
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Compare to this ship-to-ship passage in 2010: The Year We Make Contact:


(Passageway between ships in 2010 (movie))


https://youtube.com/watch?v=uI9A173JF6g?t=124

Compare to the transfer cable from Dead Star Station (1933) by Jack Williamson and the space tunnel from The Man Who Bought Mars (1941) by Polton Cross.

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