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Old 05-18-2022, 07:10 PM   #1
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Is there a proper horn salute for,,,,

My 90 year old neighbor that I have known my entire life recently passed. He was a life long boater and was looking forward to following my Great Loop trip. When I begin my trip about June 1 I want to stop in front of his house and sound the horn as a bon voyage. I have not found anything in Chapmans so I seek your wisdom or good ideas. This guy never missed a thing that happened within his water view for the last 25 years. Thanks
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Old 05-18-2022, 07:32 PM   #2
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I canít help with the protocol,wish I knew, but wherever you decide its the right thing.
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Dipping the colors and perhaps a long blast and two short blast on the horn is the traditional courtesy sounding.
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Dipping the colors and perhaps a long blast and two short blast on the horn is the traditional courtesy sounding.
Good to know. Thank you for sharing.
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Old 05-18-2022, 08:33 PM   #5
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I don't believe there is one that is appropriate...that said whistle signals are generally a free for all. I did see a youtube where Great Lake freighters use prolong/2 short as a salute, but not familiar with it being used that way.

In restricted vis, 1 prolong and 2 short is usually sailing vessel, NUC, or RAM fog signal.
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I don't believe there is one that is appropriate...that said whistle signals are generally a free for all. I did see a youtube where Great Lake freighters use prolong/2 short as a salute, but not familiar with it being used that way.

In restricted vis, 1 prolong and 2 short is usually sailing vessel, NUC, or RAM fog signal.
The Ford ore carriers used to salute my dad's place as they passed by his place, on the Great Lakes.
He would go out and return the salute by dipping his US flag.

Per my suggestion to dip the ship's flag along with the horn salute was only to make it more personal.
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Old 05-18-2022, 09:05 PM   #7
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I recall watching this video, the Arthur M Anderson coming back under the Duluth lift bridge, saluting the Edmund Fitzgerald in 2020. Three longs, two shorts.

https://youtu.be/ZDA8nF02Xy0
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OPNAVINST 1710.7a dated 2001 gives the following guidance when passing Washington's tomb:

1281. Ships passing Washington’s Tomb. When a ship of the Navy is passing Washington’s tomb, Mount Vernon, Virginia, between sunrise and sunset, the following ceremonies shall be observed insofar as maybe practicable:
a. The full guard and band shall be paraded, the bell tolled, and the national ensign halfmasted at the beginning of the tolling of the bell.
b. When opposite Washington’s tomb, the guard shall present arms, persons on deck
shall salute, facing in the direction of the tomb, and “Taps’” shall be sounded.
c. The national ensign shall be hoisted to the truck or peak and the tolling shall cease at the last note of “Taps,” after which the National Anthem shall be played.
d. Upon completion of the National Anthem, “Carry on” shall be sounded.

I would add that the signals to render the salute, complete the salute, and to carry on are usually signaled by use of a police whistle sounded on the ship's topside speakers. These whistle blasts are about two seconds in duration and are sounded as one blast for hand salute, two for complete the salute, three blasts for carry on.

Naval vessels passing close aboard as in a channel render passing honors to each other with the junior ship captain initiating the salute and holding it until the senior ship gives the two-whistle signal, and the junior ship signals the carry on to its crew AFTER the senior ship has done the same for its crew.

Maybe you have some appropriate music you would like to play on a boombox or loud hailer.
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All great information. Thank you all. I will do the one prolong and two short blasts. The rest is great information just not practical for a solo operator on a tiny little ship.
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What, no cannon?


Just don't salute the way the idiot on the Costa Concordia did.
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Sadly (to me) metal bells seem to be disappearing in favor of electronic for boats under 60 (well, 20 meters; 33 CFR ß 83.33). We still use an engraved bell on ours, but yikes it was expensive to order that custom bell, and our electronic system is probably louder and clearer anyway. And we muffle it when we're gone from the boat so we don't annoy the dock neighbors. It's pretty much a quaint relic. One of my favorite memories is walking back to our boat from the Black Pearl on a cold, foggy, drizzly night to the West Wind Marina in Newport RI, through all the dark, wet boatyards still full of shrink-wrapped boats early in that season, listening to the buoy bells and foghorns out on Narragansett Bay -- and our boat bell. Welcome home.
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I keep the bell inside boat on a mount. When necessary, I move it outside on another mount. While traveling, I use the automatic 3 bell air horn, waking anyone on board. I suspect I will upset a few folks when entering or leaving a side canal too. LOL
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What, no cannon?
I do have a 12ga brass, blank shooting cannon but, I keep it at home.
Blank or not, I do believe most counties will get a bit unset when I tell them I have a cannon onboard.
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I gave my son the family 10 ga cannon. My wife had used it in her garden as a decoration and it rusted solid. My son is going to restore it. It was used to start all the Coles River Club regattas when I was a kid. What I think I will do for the salute is 8 bells followed by one prolong and two short blasts of my horn.
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A prolonged blast is several seconds long, shorts are one second long. My observation of recreational boaters is that their signals are mostly far too short. One second is definitely NOT prolonged.
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Have loud horn and black powder signal cannon.

Bells are for cows (Swiss cows returning from alpine meadows):
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A prolonged blast is several seconds long, shorts are one second long. My observation of recreational boaters is that their signals are mostly far too short. One second is definitely NOT prolonged.
Prolonged by definition 4-6 sec.
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I keep looking for a high pitch 'toot toot' horn for fun around the docks. A horn one expect to hear from a cartoon tug.
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What a great display of friendship and compassion.

I like your idea of bells and whistles and if it were me, I would find an appropriate memento of the old boy to take along on the loop.

Y’know, like his favoured hat hung in the wheelhouse; something like that.
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