What is a scaling ladder?

What is a scaling ladder? Here are some definitions.

Noun
  1. A ladder for the purpose of scaling the walls of a besieged fortification.
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At last one scaling ladder was planted upon the bodies of the dead, and hooked firmly on the gunwale of the hoarding.
Then he glided rapidly to the ground, and with the assistance of a dozen ready hands he dragged away the scaling ladder.
Here Joan seized a scaling ladder, and was mounting it herself when an arrow struck and wounded her.
Jupiter punished his defiance by setting him on fire with lightning on the scaling ladder, and he was burnt to death.
Seeing this the Maid seized a scaling ladder, and placing it against the walls started to mount amid a rain of arrows and stones.
Among them was Captain Bate, of the Actaeon, who was killed while about to mount a scaling ladder.

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