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  1. This is new to me as well. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary the term "staircase" appears in the 1620's in reference to the enclosure of the stairs. I know we are looking at a contracts 150 years later, but it seems to me the nautical "staircase" or "stair case" or "stair-case" might refer to iron railings, hand rails, etc. that might surround (encase) the ladders. So my vote goes to staircase=handrails. In support I note that this section of the contract comes far distant from where the storage rooms would be described, lying between the office cabins and the pantries. Thus, the use of iron for casing the ladders would be of a more ornamental nature. This is pure speculation. Wayne
  2. Dropping perpendiculars from the half breadth plan to the sheer plan identifies the darkest lines as the rail line, as you surmised. A few waterlines run outside this line because of the slight tumblehome. The diagonals generally run wider. The confusion at the bow seems (to me) to be the result of careless drawing. I'm not sure about the confusion at the stern. At least, this is my less than expert take on things. Wayne
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