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Bluenose in a Bottle


Andrew Chapman
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I thought I would post my first and only real ship in a bottle. I was refurbishing a simple Bluenose that I had made with my dad when I was a kid, and then figured I'd like to put one in a bottle.  I based the ship on plans by John Fox III in volumes 55-56 of Model Ship Builder magazine from 1988.  I did not include the jog in the deck, and my deck furniture is much simpler.  I used fabric sails, bamboo masts and spars, no mast doublings, no diagonal stays between the masts, reduced number or rat lines, booms and masts whittled from a dowel that includes the jaws, scoring to indicate deck planking, a wider two-piece stand at the bottom, support posts offset from the keel, and addition of the staysail.  I put a Blunose stamp on the bottom, and epoxied a dime to the cork.  I made two of these ships at the same time, but am waiting for Gentleman Jack to get back in stock at the liquor store to put the second one in a bottle. I am pretty happy with the result, but I can see that the other builds on this site are at a whole other level!

The plans for this ship by John Fox III were exactly what I needed to make the ship, but I had a hard time finding them, and was pretty lucky to get copies of the magazine on Amazon.  I am wondering if there is a common website somewhere where people post similar sorts of instructions and hull and plan views?  I am incredibly thankful to John Fox III.  

 

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