from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pier or wharf; a landing-place.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
After luncheon, by which time all the passengers but ourselves had gone ashore, we engaged a sampan, bade Kusumoto and the ship's officers farewell, and landed in the English "hatoba," which is a sort of floating basin, the shore end of which consists of landing-steps alongside which a whole fleet of boats can be accommodated at once.
Night fell while they gazed at the unfamiliar scene, and the lanterns on the sampans, bound for the customs _hatoba_, glistened over the bay like fireflies.
I got here yesterday, the 4th of July, on the early train, and rushed down to the hatoba to meet the launch when it came in from the steamer.
"Call a hansom," he demanded impatiently of Judson, who stood grinning at the queer sights on the hatoba.