Piping

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On this page you will hear some of the calls that you can do using a Bosuns Call.

First have a look at the picture on how to hold a Bosuns Call and practice holding one if you can.

Listen to the call a couple of times and then have a go at following with your call 

Fingers closed over the hole, blow as hard as you can for eight seconds, the whole note must be on the same high note and stop blowing abruptly at the end of the eight seconds. The note must be the highest you can get, a high pitched piercing note.

REASON FOR THE PIPE – The “Still” is used to call all hands to attention as a mark of respect, to order silence, to give instruction. It is always followed, after an interval, by the ‘Carry On’.

NOTES: Occasions which the “Still” is or might be used.

  1. At Colours and Evening Colours before the Ensign is hoisted and lowered.

  2. As a mark of respect on the arrival or departure of a visitor who it is wished to honour but is not entitled to be pipied over the side.

Listen to the call a couple of times and then have a go at following with your call 

Blow the high note for one second then drop to the low note for one second and finish abruptly. Do not let it trail away.

REASON FOR THE PIPE :The Still is followed after the required interval by the Carry On.

Listen to the call a couple of times and then have a go at following with your call 

Start low and work up to the high note gradually, continue the high note for four seconds and gradually return to the low note.

REASON FOR THE PIPE – This pipe is used for piping the side for entitled officers and dignitaries. In years gone by, when gangways were much more cumbersome and “wooden” ships’ decks were high above the water- line, the only method of coming aboard when the ship was not alongside, was to climb ropes or a rope ladder. This was not considered suitable for captains and senior officers, many of whom were portly and generally unfit. It was therefore necessary to hoist these personages in-board into a boat or a special chair. The first call gave the order for the lowering of the chair over the side so that the Senior Officer was not kept waiting but could get into the chair immediately the boat was alongside. The second call was given to hoist the chair. Orders were passed to the seamen manning the falls (ropes for hoisting or lowering the chair) by the “Boatswain” on his Call. The low note indicated to the men on the falls that they were to hoist or lower away slowly and carefully, (until the chair was well clear of obstructions) and the high note told them to work faster. Nowadays, ships carry gangways which can easily be rigged, so the need to hoist has ceased but the custom of piping still remains).

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