I've been here before with questions that came up while researching the Hohenzollernmodel from 1665 and now I have another question. In the image below I have marked a binding strake with yellow arrows pointing towards it. There is clear evidence that on the Hohenzollernmodell you only found these binding strake alongside gratings. Wherever a grating ends, the binding strake ends too. Normally one would imagine that bindings strakes would run the entire length of the deck; I believe it's like this on Vasa too.
The red arrows point to where one would expect the binding strake to continue but there's nothing there. Fred, have you ever observed something similar on Dutch wrecks? Or is this just a simplified way of doing it on a model?
The problem is that the decks do not survive on wrecks, for the most part, so we do not know. On Vasa, the binding strakes run the length of the deck,although sometimes with some odd joinery towards the ends. One of their functions is to frame the hatches, but they also contribute significantly to the longitudinal strength and stiffness of the hull, thanks to complex joinery and bolting through the beams.
Thanks for that Fred. At this time I won't completely rule it out as being shipbuilding practice the way it can be seen in the pictures of the model. But on the other Hand, perhaps it was just a simplification on the model. But then again the modelmakers who built the Hohenzollernmodel added so much detail that was hidden once the model was finished, why would they want to cheat on a detail like that?