What 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.