Propeller Indiana’s Steam Whistle

The ship’s steam whistle was powered by a steam line from the boiler. It was used to signal other ships or the shore, to let them know of its presence or its intentions. It was especially useful when approaching or leaving port, or in foggy or dark waters.
Object Name
whistle, steam
Date made
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
overall: 23 in x 5 in; x 58.42 cm x 12.7 cm
Associated Place
Great Lakes
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
related event
Expansion and Reform
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Cultures & Communities
Industry & Manufacturing
On the Water exhibit
Energy & Power
On the Water
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Thomas Farnquist, Saulte Ste Marie, Michigan
Related Publication
On the Water online exhibition
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