And this is how it looks today. The hardware withstood the storm's fury pretty well, but the staircase is no longer there. At first I was mystified as to its fate, as nearly everything else that seemed to be missing - including the two-part front ramp I also designed and built - soon turned up. But on a second or third visit to the marina down the block, where I had stored my little Boston Whaler for safe-keeping, I noticed a very similar staircase - with an identical, rather uniquely constructed, hand rail - providing access to a second floor rental apartment.
For now, it's still there. And I may decide to let it stay there, as we're not even sure about what's going to happen with our house barge, much less the deck and dock it bridged.