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Jacob's ladder


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1 Formerly a ladder, with rope sides and steps, fitted on the after side of a topgallant mast where there were no ratlines for ascending the rigging.

2 A term also used to describe the shakes and short fractures, rising one above another, in a defective pole spar.

3 The name of the rope ladder which hangs from the lower boom of a warship to which a ship's boats are made fast in harbour.

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