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Old 28-05-2011, 13:41   #1
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Heads or Head or Bathroom - What's Correct ?

Hi Folks

In another thread (re Bumfizzels) mention was made of correct nautical terminology.

Some thought the Head or Head is the room, some think the actual Thunder Box.

The term came from old sailing ship days, we all know that, but it meant the sailors latrines forward at the Head (or heads) of the ship.

but the officers had their own toilets below, and aft, didn't they? Admiral Nelson couldn't have normal sailors watching his white bum.

So what were the toilets below called? And is it fair to call them that?

What do you actually call that area on your boat?



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Re: "Heads" or "Head"? or Bathroom etc Whats correct?

We use the word head for both, but we also use the word head to describe the facility at home or in a hotel. So, not much help. Sorry we didn't catch up in the Caribbean, maybe next winter?
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Old 28-05-2011, 13:45   #3
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Re: "Heads" or "Head"? or Bathroom etc Whats correct?

SOmetimes if I'm feeling salty its the head. Someimes, its the toilet. We don't have a tub so its not a bathroom.

Oh and its a kitchen, or a galley but usually a kitchen. If this makes me to be considered a lesser person by some please speak up so I know who to avoid.
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Re: "Heads" or "Head"? or Bathroom etc Whats correct?

An officer's toilet was made in an after gallery, the latrine itself was known among officers as "the seat of ease".
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Re: "Heads" or "Head"? or Bathroom etc Whats correct?

"Huh? Damnit Joanne; I'm on the CRAPPER.... leave me be!"
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Old 28-05-2011, 13:57   #6
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Re: "Heads" or "Head"? or Bathroom etc Whats correct?

Lord Nelson probably called it the loo, or hang on a damn minute, it's hard to fasten these breeches with one arm.

The toilet is actually the crapper as we know named after the inventor..

Iusually it get out of my way, I gotta sh#t
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Re: "Heads" or "Head"? or Bathroom etc Whats correct?

Since my boat speaks French, the name of the area isn't relevant to this thread. But the Thunder Box is called the Throne .

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Lord Nelson probably called it the loo, or hang on a damn minute, it's hard to fasten these breeches with one arm.

The toilet is actually the crapper as we know named after the inventor..

Iusually it get out of my way, I gotta sh#t
Crapper IMPROVED the flush toilet... but didn't invent it! THAT honor went to Sir John Harrington Hence the term "I'm going to the JOHN"
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Re: "Heads" or "Head"? or Bathroom etc Whats correct?

Groco, Raritan, and Jabsco all sell toilets, not heads. As I tell people on my boat, "Go down the steps, there's a bathroom on the right." (Thank you Credence) Now get up on the pointy end and untie that rope.
In my marine store, everyone refers to the room as the Head. If the new Practical Sailor is in, it's called the Library.
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Re: "Heads" or "Head"? or Bathroom etc Whats correct?

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Since my boat speaks French, the name of the area isn't relevant to this thread. But the Thunder Box is called the Throne .

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Re: "Heads" or "Head"? or Bathroom etc Whats correct?

My apologies, forgot about Sir John...
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What happened to the poop deck I am so not going to tell the story of s cold winter dsy in wickford. It ends with an elderly lady in her Sunday morning best loudly proclaiming Charles what is he doing on the back of that boat ohhhhh my god!
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Re: "Heads" or "Head"? or Bathroom etc Whats correct?

Make more sense to call the thing Tails if you ask me. More anatomically correct!
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Dunny.
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The Irish call it "the Jacks"
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