A miniature functioning gold boatswain’s call, circa 1890. The boatswain’s call or bosun’s whistle was used on naval ships by the boatswain to pass commands to the crew when a voice could not be heard over the sound of the sea. Because of its high pitch, the whistle could be heard over the activities of the crew and bad weather. Today it could be an invaluable tool for the busy woman dealing with recalcitrant teenagers/ husbands/ small animals. The various commands one can give using the bosun’s whistle include :
All hands on deck
Word to be passed – order for silence
Pipe to meal
The whistle is 2 inches long, with pendant loop.