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Ship-in-a-Bottle Course at CHMM To Start in January!

January 3, 2011


Sign up now to learn how to make your own ship model in a bottle.


Ship-in-a-Bottle CourseLearn to build a model of an Eastport Pinky in a 1 liter bottle.


Experienced modelers who want to take their craft to the next level will be able to take a nine-week ship in a bottle model course at the Custom House Maritime Museum beginning January 29, 2011

Taught and supervised by museum docent and model shipwright Alex Bellinger, the course to be held on nine consecutive Saturday mornings through March 26 will teach students how to build a model of an Eastport Pinky in a one liter bottle.  Class size will be limited to eight students.

Materials including plans and written instructions, wood for rigging and bottle stands, hulls deck furniture and spars, along with bottles and wire will be supplied.  Designed for experienced modelers, the course will cost $150 with an additional $25 fee for supplies.  In addition, the participants will need to provide some additional materials and some tools. 

“The Pinky was chosen because it offers a relatively simple but interesting rig that balances well with the distinctive hull.  Students will be introduced to a range of techniques without being overwhelmed by a long drawn out project.” said Bellinger. 

For more information about the course or to register, please telephone the museum at 978-462-8681 or e-mail


January 29 – Introduction, including explanation of the technique and the tools required.  Building the rigging stand, bottle stand and starting work on the hulls.

February 5 – Continuation of hulls, decking, timberheads, rails, etc.

February 12  – Completion of the hulls, start work on deck furniture and spars.

February 19 – Preparation of the bottle.

February 26 – Completion of deck furniture and spars.

March 5 – Setting up masts and spars, begin rigging.

March 12   – Completion of rigging and sails.

March 19   – Into the bottle!

March 26 - Finishing touches, catch up, review.

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