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allan sib

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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. this is a model I made over 40 years ago and it went to South Africa.
  4. this is one of the county class four posters
  5. This is Christian and Bligh fell in before they fell out plus helmsman and ships wheel and anchors
  6. This is the stern pic of my HMS Bounty
  7. This is my latest pic of the Bounty,it is a better one
  8. This is my 2 drifters in a early type rolling pin
  9. this is the other drifter along with the Prime being the last to fish out of Lowestoft in 19-60 the little figure in the grey suit was her late owner and it was his favourite ship and he asked me to put him on the model when I was asking him for details
  10. this is the steel drifter called Prime one of the very last drifters to fish out of Lowestoft along with the wooden drifter Lizzie West
  11. This is the guns crew for the ship in the yard-of-ale-glass
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