The expression “heads” dates from the days of sail when the ship’s toilet was an open seat over the sea at the front of the ship and next to the ship’s “figurehead”.
No modern environmental facilities here. Waste was discharged directly into the sea, even when used in port!
The passageway outside the engine room served as a mess during World War 2, where sailors ate, relaxed and slept. Now it houses items significant to the commando raid in Singapore in 1943 – a collapsible canvas canoe and a model of the Krait, used to take the commandos on their mission. Operation Jaywick saw 3 similar canoes paddled into Singapore habour on the night of 26 September, 1943 where limpet mines were placed against the hulls of ships. The resulting explosions saw seven ships sunk or severely damaged.