| November/December 1977

West Lake Road, Ripley, N.Y. 14775.

As a hobby, I collect steam whistles. I also blow them with 140 psi of compressed air. In the summer, they are mounted up on pipes, outside as shown in the photos. I've been told they can be heard for miles around me. The two largest copper bell whistles are for large Great Lake ships. They produce a beautiful deep blast that shakes the ground when blown. Each of the ship whistles weighs over 200 pounds. My tallest whistle is the one I'm standing next to in the photo. Its copper bell is 48 inches in length and the entire whistle stands six foot (I'm 6' 0'). I've never seen a whistle anywhere with a longer bell. That whistle was from a Great Lakes ship.