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Brass Bosun's Whistle

SKU: 14450


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
  • 5" long
  • Includes 28" brass chain lanyard
  • Fully functional, actually works