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.

Date Made: 1848

Associated Place: Great Lakes

Related Event: Expansion and Reform


See more items in: Work and Industry: Maritime, Cultures & Communities, Work, Energy & Power, Industry & Manufacturing, Transportation, On the Water exhibit

Exhibition: On the Water

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

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Related Publication: On the Water online exhibition

Credit Line: Thomas Farnquist, Saulte Ste Marie, Michigan

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1982.0241.01Accession Number: 1982.0241Catalog Number: 82.0241.01

Object Name: whistle, steamOther Terms: whistle, steam; Maritime

Physical Description: brass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 23 in x 5 in; x 58.42 cm x 12.7 cm


Record Id: nmah_844486

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