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As a farm kid, I used ladders on silos, grain bins, and haymows. Painting barns and picking fruit could not happen without them. We expect them on fire engines and contractor trucks. Only recently did I notice their ubiquity on tugboats and around the waterfront.
On Turecamo Boys, lashing holds a wooden ladder to the rail.
Look closely for the ladder lashed in same location on Janice Ann Reinauer.
Taurus’ ladder is lashed to the rail.
Pushtug Glen Cove has one. They serve as cheap and flexible means of access onto barges and anywhere else.
Most Erie Canal locks have ladders visible only in an empty lock chamber.
Hard hat divers take a ladder to their workspace maintain pilings,
an aluminum stairway to the bottom of the harbor.