BOATSWAIN'S CALL OR PIPE:
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A boatswain's call is a pipe used on naval ships by a boatswain. It is
also spelled "bosun's call". It is never called a "whistle" except by landlubbers (added).
The pipe consists of a narrow tube (the gun) which
directs air over a metal sphere (the buoy) with a hole in the top. The player opens and closes the hand over the hole
to change the pitch. The rest of the pipe consists of a keel, a flat piece of metal beneath the gun that holds the
call together, and the shackle, a keyring that connects a long silver or brass chain that sits around the collar, when
in ceremonial uniform.
History and usage
Historically the boatswain's call was used to pass
commands to the crew when the voice could not be heard over the sounds of the sea. Because of its high pitch, it could be
heard over the activities of the crew and bad weather. It is now used in traditional bugle calls such as Evening Colors/Sunset,
and in other ceremonies in most modern navies. It is sometimes accompanied by other auditive features such as ruffles and
flourishes, voice commands and announcements, or even a gun salute.
PROVENANCE: it is from the estate of an executive of Monsanto Chemical Co. who lived in England for 5 years,
in the 1960's. He and his wife collected some very interesting things such as a 3 inch Dr. Halley Globe and a very old
COMPARISON; THIS ANTIQUE TO A PIPE STILL BEING USED IN ENGLAND:
The length of this relic, which likely dates back to the 1840's, is 5 1/2" compared to 4 1/2" for British
one. Its width at the widest point at the buoy is 3/4" compared to 5/8". These are major differences in size.
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