Byblos Ship 7: Internal Structure and Deck
After forming the hull and removing the mould, it is time to construct the internal supports that we have described.
Initially the rabbets that cover the seams, followed by the thin false frames and the internal lacings. Finally the deck beams and the deck planking.
It is probable that in ancient Egyptian ships the deck planking could be easily removed to allow easy access to the hold and, possibly, to allow the crew to sit on the deck beams when rowing.
This is evident from the fact that certain figures in the depictions appear to be standing at a much lower surface than the rest. In the model I decided to leave half of the deck unplanked, so that the interior hull structure is visible.