This compartment was always manned when the ship was at sea, usually with a crew of two.  While awaiting any potential emergency, they would update the engineering log books, the fuel consumed per watch, scheduled routine maintenance for the day crew  and other engineering type duties.
Damage Control HQ (DCHQ) was restored in 2009,  however it was enhanced in the Spring of 2011 when HAIDA's ship keeper, Jim Brewer, built a replica desk. This view is towards the port side and aft bulkhead. (Photo by Jim Brewer) 
DCHQ forward bulkhead: Mounted there is a drawing of all the ships compartments that have hatches and a tag board. All of these tags were replicated to look like the originals.

When at sea, anyone wanting  to go below (and keep the hatch open) would first go to DCHQ and sign in the hatch number that was going to be opened. The log entry would include the hatch number, date, time, and crew member's name. Then  a  peg would be placed into a hole on the drawing which shows the hatch locations. Next, one of those round tags  would be placed on or around the hatch that was to be opened. When the work in the area was completed, the hatch would be closed, the tag returned, the log book entry would be closed and the peg removed from the drawing.  (Photo by Jim Brewer) 

A closer view of the sound-powered telephone switchboard. All the "red" damage control telephones throughout the ship converge on this switchboard.
The crew who manned this compartment would keep track of the ship's boiler maintenance and some of the consumables such as water, lube oil , diesel fuel and fuel for the boilers on this stateboard. The green grease-pencil markings are the original markings from October 1963 when HAIDA was paid off.  
A set of deck plans was always close at hand in order to determine the exact location of an emergency. 
All photos in this table by Jerry Proc

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