Re: Pipe Work fm rrdowns SES207
Russell Downs (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thu Feb 05 19:19:08 1998
Gordon Wickward wrote:
> There is somewhat of a difference between what is posted on the web site sounds for the Boatswains Call 'Veers' and what the manual lists.
> The manual, even going back to some old editions, has a call that is 15 seconds long for a veer
> The web site sound is a very short peep.
> Any authenticity experts out there wish to offer opinions on the correct one?
> Also any instructions on how to use it in the landship ceremony?
> Gordon Wickward
> S.S.S. Yankee Clipper
> Chief Seattle Council
> Nor'Wester Area
Short answer - 15sec is correct, so are short peeps
Long answer -
VEER - as described in a handout I recv'd at Class A school, USCG
RES.TRA.CEN, Yorktown Va. Aboard ship, the veer call (and its
variations) is used by the Boatswain of the watch for the control of the
smallboat (lifeboat, longboat, captain's gig, etc) being lowered in the
falls (tackle used for lowering and raising said boats)
This call is piped to "ease away", "walk back", or "slack away". A
slurred veer calls "side boys" to "tend the side". It is a continuous
call of 15sec, with (handholds on the pipe) hold 5sec curved, moderate
rise in pitch to clinched, hold for 5sec, rapid drop in pitch to open,
hold for 5sec. Variations are described below.
1 veer - calls 2 side boys
2 veers -calls 4 side boys
3 veers -calls 6 side boys
4 veers -calls 8 side boys
Call in the curved position and blow to immitate the sound of a whistle
rattled by a pea. The rattling sound is produced by ballarding the tip
of the tongue against the roof of the mouth. The rapidity of the
ballarding is raised in proportion to the pitch of the of the sound,
rising to the maximum in the shrill rattle. For walking back the falls,
the pipe is sounded continuously during the walk-back or the lowering
from a belay. The speed of the lowering (of the boat) is in proportion
to the undulations of the pipe or the rapidity of its rising and falling
in sound caused by changing from the curved or open to the clinched
handhold on the pipe. Sometimes the call is accentuated by impulsing
with the throat; short peeps mean to lower handsomly for a short
distance. But the peeps are still within the flow of the call.
If you'ld like a copy of this handout, contact me via private e-mail
I don't know about using this call on a landship.
Russ Downs - SES207