The Admiral’s Whistle

By Cdt G La Roerie, published May 1935


A whistle similar to the boatswain’s call was once carried by captains and admirals and, richly decorated, served as a mark of authority in the days of galley warfare. With the passage of time and naval development the whistle (call) seems to have been delegated down the ranks and deprived of its decorative nature. This article describes the tomb (in the Louvre) of the French admiral Philippe de Chabot (obit. 1543) and the whistle to be seen in the hand of the memorial statue. Reference is also made to an article in SNR MM Vol 3 of 1913 by Sir Julian Corbett regarding a jewelled whistle carried by Henry VIII.

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Filed under: Tudors | Early Modern | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Navies | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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