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Bottle - Belgica Diorama in a Bottle
Date Added: 05 February 2019

Roger Histel has re-created a scene of the Belgian Antarctic Expedition of 1897 - 1901 with the ship Belgica and its passengers overwintered in the Antarctic. Belgica was a barque-rigged steamship that was built in 1884 by Christian Brinch Jørgensen at Svelvik, Norway as the whaler Patria. In 1896, she was purchased by Adrien de Gerlache for conversion to a research ship, taking part in the Belgian Antarctic Expedition of 1897 - 1901, becoming the first ship to overwinter in the Antarctic. In 1902, she was sold to Philippe, Duke of Orléans and used on expeditions to the Arctic in 1905 and from 1907 - 09. In 1916, she was sold and converted to a passenger and cargo ship, serving Spitsbergen from the Norwegian mainland under the name Isfjord. In 1918, she was sold and renamed Belgica, being converted to a factory ship. Requisitioned by the British in April 1940, she was used as a depôt ship, being scuttled when the Franco-British Expeditionary Force evacuated Harstad. In 2007, plans to build a modern replica of Belgica were announced.
Type: Barque-rigged Steamship Diorama in a Bottle   Maker's Name: Histel, Roger
Category: Sailing Ships   Made Where: Neunkirchen, Germany
Bottle Size: 3 liter   Year Made: 2019
Bottle Type: Apothekerflasche