I’m new here. Trying to write a story of medieval era battle, I was searching for some information about ancient pirate vessels, but couldn’t find answers I was looking for. Then, I stumbled upon this forum.
I was trying to find a suitable place to hold a captive in a pirate vessel in ancient times. Looking at some pictures of pirate vessels on the Internet, I noticed there was a lattice hatch on the main deck around the center of the vessel. So I guessed there must have been somewhere suitable for keeping a captive under this hatch.
I have some questions about this lattice hatch.
Are there stairs directly under this hatch so that crews can easily walk down under the deck?
Why this hatch is lattice? Rain and water should get into under-deck compartments so easily.
I imagine there must be various rooms under the deck accessible from this hatch, such as weapon storage, crew’s quarters, equipment storage, etc. So I think having a captive tied to the main mast penetrated under the deck where some ship equipment is stored would give a natural image for my story.
Your input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!