How Do You Play a Bosun's Pipe?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 27, 2020 12:47:25 PM ET

Playing a boatswain's call involves holding the instrument correctly, learning to play the device's two notes and three tones, and learning specific commands. The boatswain's pipe or call, sometimes referred to as a bosun's pipe because of the way the word is pronounced, is a simple whistle which boatswains use on naval ships to pass along orders.