Bosun's pipe - Boatswain's Whistle Copper & Brass
British Admiralty pattern Boatswain's (Bosun's) pipe with Hardwood case. Bosun's pipe - Boatswain's Whistle Copper & Brass with long-chain. This beautifully detailed solid brass and copper Navy Boatswain's Pipe comes with a quality 39 inches or 99 cm Solid Brass chain Lanyard.
The Pipe has a traditional anchor design inlaid in copper on both sides. The Boatswains pipe measures 5 inches or 12.7 cm long.
The boatswain's pipe is one of the oldest and most distinction pieces of personal nautical equipment and was once the only method other than the human voice of passing orders to men on board ship.Today, more sophisticated communication system prevail, although the pipe is still used for some ceremonies and to draw attention before MC1 announcements.
A pipe or flute was used in the days of antiquity, by which the galley slaves of Greece and Rome kept stoke. There is a record that the pipe was used in the crusade 1248 when english crossbowmen were called on deck to attack by its signal.
Shakespeare mentioned the pipe in the Tempest, and Pepys refers to its use in his naval notes.
In time, the pipe came to be used as a badge of office; in some cases it was also a
badge of honour.
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