Propeller Indiana’s Steam Whistle

Description
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
1848
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 23 in x 5 in; x 58.42 cm x 12.7 cm
Associated Place
Great Lakes
ID Number
1982.0241.01
accession number
1982.0241
catalog number
82.0241.01
related event
Expansion and Reform
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Cultures & Communities
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
On the Water exhibit
Transportation
Energy & Power
Exhibition
On the Water
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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