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Ship model

Sailors' craftwork

Object connections:

Collection Sailors' craftwork, Decorative art
User collections Ship in a bottle by NMMCollections
Gallery locationNot on display
VesselsRichard (collier brig)

Object details:

Object ID AAA0059
Description A whisky bottle containing a model of a barque-rigged vessel of the 1850s or 1860s wearing a red ensign and a pennant with the name 'Richard'. Signal flags make her number (6389 in Marryat's code). There is a steam tug ahead of her and in the neck of the bottle a model building identified as 'TILBURY SIGNAL STATION' by a miniature notice. The signal station has a flagpole with a Union Flag. The models are wooden, with paper sails and rigging made of sewing thread. The tug has cotton wool smoke. There is a Turk’s head around the cork which is sealed with red wax. The bottle is mounted on a wooden stand. A handwritten label underneath says 'In commemoration of the closure of the Coal Factors Society's signal station at Tilbury after more than 200 years continuous operation - 31st August'. In the neck 'Collier brig 'Richard' lost in the gale at Robin Hoods Bay, 3 October 1763. Model made by Leon & Patricia Labistour of Robin Hood's Bay.'
Date made 1977

Artist/Maker Labistour, Leon
Labistour, Patricia
Place made Robin Hood's Bay
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Reproduced with the kind permission of Patricia Labistour
Materials glass; composite
Measurements 300 x 77 mm
  • Ship model (AAA0059)
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