Bosun's call in box with instructions

Nauticalia Ltd (estab. 1974)
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This is a whistle used on naval ships by a boatswain (or “bosun”), who is the senior crewman on deck. It was historically used to pass commands to the crew because it could be heard better than shouting over the sounds of the sea or bad weather. Different combinations of notes would mean different things. It is now used in traditional naval ceremonies.
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Nauticalia Ltd (estab. 1974)
Brass: 1 - Pipe
Cardboard: 2 - Box lid
Cardboard: 3 - Box base
Paper: 4 - Leaflet
Length: 130 mm
Wisth with tassles: 130 mm
Production place and notes
England, Great Britain, Europe
On display?
Not on display


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