Jacob’s Ladder

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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