Sorry for the delay to update this "two-ship" tale. I have been a bit preocupied with Taxes and Family issues.
The Reference material helped but I am still left with my vison of what this model should look like. ( It'll never be a replica- but will be fun).
Some pictures of my paper and plastic test deck(s): Center Gangway, a Double Gangway (will require a re-thinking of the Scale), and a Fully covered deck.
On the open decks I plan to included a "bridge" to facilitate movement of Marines.
The overhang of the paper deck over the hull/outrigger was my interpetaion of Fabric/Leather coverings to protect the top tier rowers but still allow some air. Close-up below:
My last Pic as I contemplate my next move :
Note that one of the 2 "Tents" is a Straw. Guess from where.
I did not let the left over Bow and Stern go to waste. The perfect pieces to practice on. Popcicle-stick deck, left-over plastic hull, a bunch of Bondo and...an instant Roman Liburna-maybe.
I am leaning toward an Open gangway down the center. The lower deck and supports are temporary- used for height adjustment.
I think My Castle may be too small for the intended scale. I will make a larger one.
The small upright piece at the stern is a Platform from which the "Fearless Leader" can stand and oversee the ship and be somewhat protected from "Pointed Sticks". So now, "...I have a Plan"...
I will probably not keep the platform as I can't find references to one. And, I couldn't help the Rocky and Bullwinkle, Monty Python, and Dr. Strangelove tribute.