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Brass Bosun's Whistle In Presentation Box

SKU: 14452


The boatswain's whistle or call, sometimes referred to as a bosun's pipe because of the way the word is pronounced, is a simple whistle which boatswains use on naval ships. 

Each vessel had an officer who knew the various call codes and who was in charge of using the call to whistle commands. It was also sounded at certain times of the day to mark daily chores and for ceremonies. Today, its use is primarily ceremonial — for example, it is played at Evening Colours.

  • Solid brass and copper no plastic parts
  • Solid wood presentation box
  • 4.5" long with a 29" brass chain lanyard
  • Traditional design of a bosun's pipe
  • Fully functional, actually works