from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A ladder with a hook or hooks at the top for holding.


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  • By means of a hook-ladder the bather ascends the machine, which is formed of wood, and raised on high wheels; he is drawn to a proper distance from the shore, and then plunges into the sea, the guides attending on each side to assist him in recovering the machine, which being accomplished, he is drawn back to shore.

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