Silver speaking trumpet

This gold-lined silver speaking trumpet was made in Sheffield, England and presented to Dover’s Captain Timothy Newman Porter (1817—1872) by the people of Cardenas, Cuba. The trumpet was used at sea to amplify one’s voice and to communicate orders across the bow. In 1850, Porter was captain of the 3-masted barque “Manchester” and, during an invasion of Cardenas by buccaneer Narcisso Lopez, Porter brought all the town’s women and children aboard his ship for safekeeping. For his bravery, he was rewarded with this trumpet, valued at $125 at the time. Captain Porter later commanded several Portsmouth-owned clip per ships for the Union during the Civil War.

Location: H1, first alcove

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