The Lord Admiral’s Whistle

By Julian S. Corbett, published December 1913



The article provides a discussion of the evidence supporting the contention that a golden whistle represented a badge of the office of Lord Admiral. The author summarises what his research has revealed about the uses and owners of such whistles. It is suggested that any practical use, if any, may have become largely obsolete when the sailing ship replaced the galley as the typical “ship of the line”. Most references to such whistles occur in and around the reign of Henry VIII when highly ornate and precious versions of the whistle appear to have been of only ceremonial use.

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Filed under: Tudors | English Channel
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

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