Barges & their coal cabin
Many boats used to have a small cabin between the wheelhouse and the cargo hold. After the war most of these cabins were removed to create a bigger cargo hold. A few boats still have it, most of them house boats...
A coal cabin could be used as an entrance to the cargo hold. Then it remains on the boat and has a functional use when living on the boat.
The spits Marie-Galante has used it coal cabin as entrance to the cargo hold. The hold has been made higher, the same height as the coal cabin.
A coal cabin in detail
The following pictures were taken aboard the spits Reginald. This boat, built in 1927, is still sailing commercially.
Coal cabin seen from the front
Coal cabin seen from the side
Coal cabin seen from the inside of the cargo hold
Barges with a coal cabin