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Why Is A Ship Toilet Called The Head



The reason that a ship's lavatory is called a head is because in olden days when a member of a sailing crew needed to relieve themselves they would go to the front of the boat or ship.

The nautical name for the front of the ship is the bow.

At the bow was traditionally placed a figurehead which would bring luck to the crew. A common figurehead was beautiful women. It is thought that the term head or heads came from this.


The Captain of the ship would be above such common practice and had his own private toilet beside his cabin.

This was usually below the poop deck which was the name for the raised section at the stern of old ships.


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