Steam Whistle; Unknown Maker; 1924; BL.84.20


Steam Whistle

About this object

This whistle is believed to have been salvaged from the the wreck of the SS 'Konini' and later put into service at the Ocean Beach Freezing Works. The 'Konini' was on her maiden voyage from England to Bluff in 1924 when she ran aground on the rocks at Whale Head behind Ocean Beach. Although the ship was wrecked there was no loss of life.

Steam operated whistles like this one were commonly fitted as a warning and communication devices on trains, fire engines, traction engines, and ships. At the freezing works the sounding of the whistle would signal the start or end of a shift, over time becoming as familiar in the community as the church bell.


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Europe, United Kingdom, England, Nottingham

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed materials, metal, copper alloy, brass.

Inscription and Marks

Hand written on white background bottom rear: 84.20


h 600 mm x w 160 mm x d 80 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Disasters (including floods and fires)

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Rowland Humble 31 Mar 2021 14:05 PM,UTC

Whistle made by Smith Dennis of Nottingham UK.

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