WWII Navy Destroyer Steam Siren - Whoop whooop whoooop!
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Sold Date: 08/25/2010
Channel: Online Auction
Category: Militaria & Weapons
For auction is an 8" (nominal mouth diameter) Navy Destroyer steam siren removed from a WWII ship by International Shipbreaking. It was made by Star Brass Works. I don't know which ship it came from, this siren came right from the non-ferrous scrap pile. The rotor spins freely, and I was able to get it to go BRRRRRR... from my 30 gallon air compressor, but you need a lot more air or steam to sound it properly and get the classic WHOOOP WHOOOP WHOOOP sound you hear in WWII movies.
Please note that I took the photo below prior to cleaning up and operating the siren. I have replaced most of the 1/2" fasteners with new stainless, as the originals were rusted together. I've also replaced the cast iron pipe companion flange from the ship (also rusty) with a new stainless one. I'm going to be bringing this out of storage tomorrow and will add a current photo or replace the one below. As you can see, the valve pull lever is missing--I do not have this piece.
This thing is seriously heavy. It will be over 70 pounds once crated. Because crating is a big effort, I'm not going to crate it unless it sells successfully, so this won't be a ships-next-day-after-payment sale. I expect to get this out the Monday following the close of the auction, so that I have a weekend to build it a proper crate-inside-a-cardboard-box shipping solution.
Shipping will be by FedEx Ground.
Additional, current photos (taken 8/21/10):
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