The Briney Brick 42 (a): Adding a closed forecastle
Time to quit horsing around and get on with the ship. The forecastle has been build.
Here I deviated a bit from the 31109 set; it had an open forecastle, which, in my view, made it a bit useless. So I added a simple wall to it.
Biggest surprise: who knew shutters in a window-frames could swivel open like this? The shutter actually hinges on fixed points, it is meant to do that! I never knew!
It solved a problem I had been agonising over for weeks; how to make an entrance to the galleon! I did not want to make a permanent open door. This is pretty much perfect!
On real ships (at least on the replica of the Halve Maen ship I visited, entrance was through a small door, almost like a crawl-hatch.
ps: entrance to the galleon, the small deck around the bowsprit, is important. Ever heard sailors day the were going to the 'head' when they meant they were going to the bathroom? The galleon is 'the head' of the ship...