Ship in a Bottle – Introduction

The ship in a bottle I will build is a tramp steamer (ca. 1920). The boat in a bottle will be a Cape Cod Catboat, a 100+ years-old workboat design that has become popular as a recreational sailboat. (See photos at right)

I will post regular updates in this file of progress in the build, a sort of a builder’s blog for anyone interested. I hope some of you will try to build your own ship in a bottle. I will be careful in future postings to be clear about each step, the tools and materials required, the “secret” techniques, and the steps in building that require extra patience and care. I would be happy to answer any questions or offer advice to anyone. Email me at

Here is a link to a brief video introducing the topic of building ships in bottles:
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