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
subject
Cultures & Communities
Transportation
Work
Energy & Power
Industry & Manufacturing
On the Water exhibit
event
Expansion and Reform
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Work and Industry: Maritime
On the Water exhibit
Exhibition
On the Water
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Thomas Farnquist, Saulte Ste Marie, Michigan
Publication title
On the Water online exhibition
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater

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