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.
A coal cabin in detail
The following pictures were taken aboard the spits Reginald. This boat, built in 1927, is still sailing commercially.