RDP: Bottle

Have you ever seen a ship in a bottle, perhaps in an antique store, and wondered “How do they do that?”

Ships in bottles used to be made by sailors as a hobby. The one pictured above is rather special because it was made by David’s two times great grandfather I think it was. He was a sailor, Danish we think. David had not got very far in learning about the Scandinavian side of his family so the stories are hearsay. This relative was the one who eventually settled in Australia.

David’s father used to have this ship on display and I remember always being fascinated by it. I loved to look at it and wonder if the little buildings represented his home port and where it was? I admired the carving which he would have done by hand too. When David’s dad passed away it came to David as the eldest in the family and we proudly displayed it in our homes for many years.

After David died I took the ship back to Adelaide to his family. This is the sort of family heirloom that should be treasured and passed on. We had no children so it would not have been right for me to keep it. One of my sisters in law has it at her house now and I hope that one of our nieces or nephew will eventually take care of it for another generation.

Just in case you are still wondering how these things are made I found this set of instructions.




I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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