Sometimes called stageplank or gangplank. This is a built-up boardwalk sometimes 40 to 60 feet long, that was swung out and lowered at landings, with the heel on the forecastle and the other end on shore. Also called a stageplank. Invented about 1870, the stage was preceded by the gangplank. Stage planks were heavy and usually required the aid of a mast and boom to place them in position. A stage hoist is a windlass operated by power used in raising the stage back into position.