photo credit: ThoKay
"Pipe the side" credit to :
The Boatswain's/Bosun's Whistle
(or pipe as it is sometimes
I learned about the pipe on my first
as a seaman apprentice state side
with the officer and petty officer of
I first had to use the pipe after I passed
3rd class petty officers test.
was used to call all hands on deck,
to signal officers and
onto and off of the ship,
to call the
crew to eat and
out at night.
The last time that I used the pipe
was on our GITMO shake down cruise,
on one of
the boat trips back from
the "goose" with the Admiral.
we witnessed a
"man overboard drill",
blew all hands on deck to assist in
"Oscar" the man overboard "dummy"!
Naval history the
Boatswain pipe has
had a wide
variety of important uses however,
all of our newer equipment,
pipe is used primarily for some of the same
alerts and piped through the ships
This page has good Pipe information
to many of the calls:
US Navy Boatswain
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