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allan sib

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  1. This is the finished model,I am not happy with the bottle,and will not use a similar one.
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    This is my HMS Ganges model launched into the bottle,awaiting the base glue to dry before erecting the masts.
  3. This is my model completed with anchors and her boats also all deck canons are in place
  4. this is the 3 ww2 armed trawlers in the bottle
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    this is the line up of my 3 ships left to right,Sir Lancelot,Boyne and Coldstreamer.
  6. I forgot to upload this pic of an old lightship sailor made model,I received this model many years ago,I have no idea of its age it has a pennant on the mizen mast with a red outline and the word ROSARIO printed in pencil also on fore and main masts are flags but are so faded I am unable to be sure of the colours,the ship has come loose from its bed of what looks like the old horses hoof made glue and the hull is lamp black on the outside and inside the hull is matt paint which was called brown adma. I would be grateful if anyone could throw some light on this model,it has a cork in the neck which at one time had been covered in red sealing wax which has now become very discoloured wih age
  7. I have been looking at the topic when ships were first put in bottles.I joined the lightship Tongue in Jan Feb 19-75 and was told by my lightship master when talking about this that lightshipmen had been putting ships in bottles for a good 200 or so years the first manned lightship was the Nore in 17-31,and what better position to be in to observe the many types of sailing craft than being swung around an anchor for 6 weeks at a time,at the time I joined we did 4 weeks on and 4 off,and was told that many lightsmen supplemented their income by putting ships in bottles,sadly with the advent of TV aboard the ships in about early 60s the hobby rapidly declined,and when I started on what was called the south relief there was only one other lightsman making them he also made them for sale and he never deviated from 1 type of model he must have made scores of them all the same over the years,as when I joined he was nearing retirement,on the lightship you had lots of time on your hands.There was one well known pub in Harwich which had a model of every lightship in round gallon bottles and I believe they were made by the same lightsman over the years the models sat on a high shelf around the bar.
  8. this is the model on the stand ready to launch,it shows the 5 crew members 2 on the lantern deck and 3 on the quarterdeck
  9. this is a model I made over 40 years ago and it went to South Africa.
  10. this is one of the county class four posters
  11. This is Christian and Bligh fell in before they fell out plus helmsman and ships wheel and anchors
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