The name originates from the French word for stern, la poupe, from Latinpuppis. Thus the poop deck is technically a stern deck, which in sailing ships was usually elevated as the roof of the stern or “after” cabin, also known as the “poop cabin”. On sailing ships, the helmsman would steer the craft from the quarter deck, immediately in front of the poop deck. At the stern, the poop deck provides an elevated position ideal for observation.
When installing this Taffrail… I installed a little 5mm x 2mm stock behind it in order to being back the rear end of it.
I then am putting in these Walnut strips in order to make the Taffrail appear Vertical. Or that’s the plan that is.
(I won’t mention that I kind of messed up with the Taffrail…)
That piece above?… When I was first opening the kit up, I inadvertently broke it. It’s the front part of the Poop deck. The part that drops down from the Poop deck to the Quarterdeck.
What I’m doing now is gluing two 5mm wide strips together to get 10mm… Then, I’m going to paint it Black and glue it “behind” the Poop deck Strip. Then, I will bolster it some more with a couple of other pieces before gluing it on to the Deck. This part will be the front of the Poop deck.