The Whistle as a Naval Instrument

By G.E. Manwaring, published September 1919


In the book “Art of Navigation, translated by Richard Eden. Now newly corrected and enlarged by John Tap, 1630.” Among other things the engraved title-page shows a navigating officer, evidently a Master, with a cross-staff in his right hand, and a compass in his left. Around his neck is a chain or cord, from which is suspended the little instrument that “has been a call to work at sea” from time immemorial: ” With silver call on deck he stands, Winds it, make haste, aloft more hands.” Thus wrote John Baltharpe, in “The Straights Voyage,”167I.

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Filed under: Late Middle Ages | High Middle Ages | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Archaeology | Navies | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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