The bugler on a battleship is a very busy man. He opens the day with the “first call of reveille” at 5:45, followed by the “reveille” at 5:50 after which comes “turn to.” Then comes the “recall.” After any call which brings the men into action comes the “recall” which excuses them. At 7 o’clock is the “mess call.” At 7:55 is the ‘first call to the colours,” which is the same thing as “guard mount” in the army. This stations the men for their watch duty. At 8 o’clock the “colours” is sounded. The flag is raised while the band plays “The Star Spangled Banner” and all the officers and men stand at attention. At 9:15 comes the “call to inspection” and the “call to quarters” when the men are inspected, a division at a time, on the quarter deck by a captain. At 12 o’clock comes “mess call” again. After mess there is a “band call” and usually call for regular drill, though the time for regular drill varies on different ships. At supper time is “mess call” again, followed by the “call to the colours” and the “band call.” After the flag is lowered, the band gives a concert. The “first call to tattoo,” “tattoo” and the beautiful call of “taps,” when all the light must be out, end the day. Besides the regular calls there are many extra ones coming unexpectedly at any time. These are “fire alarm call,” “collision drill,” “abandon ship drill,” and “torpedo defense.” The bugler we see here is calling “attention” at the approach of a ship. If it is a foreign boat, as soon as its nationality is ascertained, our band will play their national air, while their band plays ours.
Keystone View Company, “The bugler calling the Marines and sailors to assemble for instruction - Life on board a battleship,” Monash Collections Online, accessed September 21, 2020, http://repository.monash.edu/items/show/25515