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Boatswain’s Call

Boatswain's Call

This silver boatswain’s call and was recovered from the main deck of the Mary Rose. The silk ribbon is original.


Despite the colloquial term we used above, not all calls were worn by boatswains. During this period, the call whistle was worn as a badge of office by officers such as the quartermaster, all the way up to Captain. When George Carew was created admiral of the Mary Rose the night before she sank, he was presented with a gold call, to show his high office. Sadly, we’ve never recovered this item.

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