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Old 08-20-2013, 08:52:43 PM
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Default Steam Whistle Identification

Hi, I need help with a steam whistle I bought. It came from a Great Lakes steam boat in Whitby. Was removed in the 50's measures 5'9 (69in). No marking or makers stamp. Any help would be appreciated. If there is a better place for this thread please feel free to move it.
Thanks, John Taylor

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Compared to some smaller ones. Medium one is 31in and smallest 1ft.

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Old 08-21-2013, 10:21:18 AM
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Default Re: Steam Whistle Identification

You have an "organ pipe" style whistle. There were a couple manufacturers of this style whistle, but they were easily shop built. Seems the Brittish liked this type of whistle, as I see more photos of this type in that part of the world.

Because of the limited mouth circumfrence of this type over a standard whistle, they were slightly quieter than a standard type of the same diameter.

Your other whistles look like some nice ones too.

Found from a private collector, or a bone yard ?

Pete
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Do you have the ability to blow it? I would LOVE to hear that! What size pipe goes to it?
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Looks like you have it hooked to an air hose did it work. Bill K
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Edit:4'9ft 57in

I have not had it hooked up, there is some hose left but that is where they cut it off the boat. I would like to hear it though.

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You have an "organ pipe" style whistle. There were a couple manufacturers of this style whistle, but they were easily shop built. Seems the Brittish liked this type of whistle, as I see more photos of this type in that part of the world.

Because of the limited mouth circumfrence of this type over a standard whistle, they were slightly quieter than a standard type of the same diameter.

Your other whistles look like some nice ones too.

Found from a private collector, or a bone yard ?

Pete
It is my dads, he has lots of weird things made of brass. Oilers and whistles.
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Old 08-22-2013, 11:07:34 PM
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Your two smaller whistles look to be Morrison whistles manufactured in Toronto and if I had to guess on the big one I would say Stevens & Struthers which was a Scottish manufacturer based in Glasgow.
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My smaller ones are Penberthys, not sure where there made but I have 6 of them. I looked up a Stevens & Struthers and they looked similar just all of the larger ones have a square openings. Is there any good pictures of a whistle similar to mine?

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Old 08-23-2013, 09:03:24 AM
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Pick up the book "The Engine's Moan". A whistle collector's book that was published a few years ago. Great reference.
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What boat did it come from?
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What boat did it come from?
Not sure, would love to know though.
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The one all the way on the left - is that actually a whistle? There is another identify thread with something similar and some folks were saying it was a safety or relief valve of some sort....

-CB
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The one all the way on the left - is that actually a whistle? There is another identify thread with something similar and some folks were saying it was a safety or relief valve of some sort....

-CB
Its a relief valve, made in Toronto by BEAVER. Never seen another.
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Its a relief valve, made in Toronto by BEAVER. Never seen another.
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How would such a relief valve be used? Was it for a traction engine or something smaller?

It's so small.....

-CB
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Question Re: Steam Whistle Identification

Can Anyone tell me what that kind of relief valve was used for?

There is something very similar on another thread that I am also asking about ...

I'm familiar with the hobby/scale poppet type safety valves and air safety relief valves that are about as small. (They usually have no test lever like this one has)

I know that historical valves safety where much larger. And modern ASME valves are larger then this relief valve.

-CB
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Default Re: Steam Whistle Identification

CB, That relief valve could have come off of just about any small boiler, perhaps heating?

The four tube "whistle" is actually an Eremore air horn. They were used on automobiles with a cutout valve in the exhaust pipe. When I was a kid, Dad and uncles had one on the old Rumely combine for calling trucks when the combine was full. Gary
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CB, That relief valve could have come off of just about any small boiler, perhaps heating?

The four tube "whistle" is actually an Eremore air horn. They were used on automobiles with a cutout valve in the exhaust pipe. When I was a kid, Dad and uncles had one on the old Rumely combine for calling trucks when the combine was full. Gary
Yea, its low pressure. Unlike a steam whistle you can blow it with your mouth.
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Hi, I need help with a steam whistle I bought. It came from a Great Lakes steam boat in Whitby. Was removed in the 50's measures 5'9 (69in). No marking or makers stamp. Any help would be appreciated. If there is a better place for this thread please feel free to move it.
Thanks, John Taylor

Here it is

Compared to some smaller ones. Medium one is 31in and smallest 1ft.

Hello,
I have just seen the whistle and can identify it as being made
by Shipham of Hull England.
Rowland.
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If it's the same Shipham, it's a company who has been around a long time!

https://www.rpv-group.co.uk/shipham-valves/
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I posted this on another thread also, but I'm helping a friend ID a steam whistle he picked up. He's thinking it could be a Crosby. 18" high, no markings.
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