Steamboats and shipping of all sorts lay there, tempted by the enormous sums of money offered by fugitives, and it is said that many who swam out to these vessels were thrust off with boathooks
He had no net, hook, or line, and he could not be a fisherman; his boat had no cushion for a sitter, no paint, no inscription, no appliance beyond a rusty boathook
and a coil of rope, and he could not be a waterman; his boat was too crazy and too small to take in cargo for delivery, and he could not be a lighterman or river-carrier; there was no clue to what he looked for, but he looked for something, with a most intent and searching gaze.
And I have some boxes, both of mignonette and wall- flower, that I could shove on along the gutter (with a boathook
I have by me) to your windows, and draw back again when they wanted watering or gardening, and shove on again when they were ship- shape; so that they would cause you no trouble.
Actually, the main gear dropped to in-trail position and for a while, there was talk about carrying boathooks
to reach down and pull it into the locks.
He also wrote of it: "Laugharne's where they quarrel with boathooks
and all the women there's got web feet".
Rebecca Aldworth, of the US Humane Society, said she saw "incredible cruelty including dragging conscious seals across the ice with boathooks