British Boatswain's Pipe
Dimensions & Weight:
5 inches (12.7 cm) long
1.9 ounces (54 grams)
Silver Plated or Gold Plated version available
One of the oldest and most distinctive pieces of nautical equipment
Badge of office and honor in the British Navy and American Navy
The Boatswain's Pipe (pronounced "bosun's") is one of the oldest and most distinctive pieces of nautical equipment. The boatswain's pipe, or flute, was used in Greece and Rome to keep the stroke of galley slaves. The pipe was used in the Crusades to call English cross bowmen on deck for attack. Because its shrill tune could be heard above most of the activity on board it later was used to signal various happenings such as knock-off and the boarding of officials. This signaling device was so essential to the well-being of the ship, that it became a badge of office and honor in the British and American Navy of the sailing ships.
We offer several models of quality Boatswain's Pipes and yes, they really whistle. Our Silver Plated or Gold Plated British Boatswain's Pipe are 5 inches (12.7 cm) long, come complete with a 40-inch (1 meter) chain, and weigh 1.9 ounces (54 grams). Both Boatswain's Pipes have a handsome naval emblem on one side while the other side is plain.
A beautiful solid hardwood felt lined storage and display case is available for our full-size boatswain's pipes. A solid brass Navy anchor design is inlaid into the lid of the hardwood case. Custom brass plaques can be mounted on the outside or inside lid of the case. Sorry, but we do not engrave directly on the boatswain's pipes.