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jacobs-ladder-riggingWhat is "Jacob's Ladder"? Leave your answer and comments below:

Thanks to Frank and Gunter for their answers.

We found a little more nautical detail on Jacob's Ladder as follows:

A jacob's ladder is a portable ladder made of rope or metal and used primarily as an aid in boarding ship. Originally, the jacob's ladder was a network of line leading to the skysail on wooden ships. The name alludes to the bibilcal Jacob reputed to have dreamed that he climbed a ladder to the sky.

Anyone who has ever tried climbing a jacob's ladder while carrying a seabag can appreciate the allusion. It does seem that a climb is long enough to take one into the next world.

Wikipedia has more info as well. The picture above is from the Wikipedia Jacob's Ladder page.

 

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In electricity, a 'Jacob's ladder' is two wires in-line but divergent from the bottom to the top (the wires are closer together at the bottom and get further away at the top). These wires are connected to a high voltage source. When the voltage...

In electricity, a 'Jacob's ladder' is two wires in-line but divergent from the bottom to the top (the wires are closer together at the bottom and get further away at the top). These wires are connected to a high voltage source. When the voltage is high enough, the air between the wires ionizes (similar to when your hair rises just before a lightning strike if you're close enough), and the electricity arcs across the wires. The ionized air lifts the spark up the wires to a point where the spark can no longer be maintained and dissipates. New ones start at the bottom as old ones dissipate at the top. Check out the original Frankenstein movie with Mr.Karloff and you will see a large Jacob's ladder (along with a Van de Graaff generator and a Holtz influence machine)<br />The name comes from Jacob's dream of a stairway to heaven as told in the book of Geneses.

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Jacob’s Ladder (or the stairway to heaven) was a rope ladder with wooden (now metal) rungs used to extend up past or around the crow’s nest from the ratlines in square riggers to let sailors climb beyond the platforms to the topmasts. They were...

Jacob’s Ladder (or the stairway to heaven) was a rope ladder with wooden (now metal) rungs used to extend up past or around the crow’s nest from the ratlines in square riggers to let sailors climb beyond the platforms to the topmasts. They were also used to climb from small boats to larger one. Being made of rope they were easily moved and stowed as needed.

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