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Bottle 515 - Brig 1800's
Date Added: 04 February 2007

This is a 1800's Brig built sailing on a sea of green. The ship has two mast and nine sails with the mast sails square rigged. The sails have both seam lines and reef lines drawn on. From the gaff the White Ensign is flying. In the top of the fore mast a signal flag is seen. The ship is reducing speed by reducing the number of square meters of sail and to turn the sail off the wind. The sail will than fall back to the mast and it works as a break. The rigging is wonderfully done with both standing and running rigging, with shroud lines and blocks and tackle. The ship has 12 cannons with six gun ports on each side of the hull. The deck has a hatch and a lifeboat midship. The hull is painted black with a wide yellow section that goes from above to just below the gun ports. The bottle rest on a cradle cut to the contours of the bottle. The Artist, Henny Fransen added: "History: Soon after I bottled my first ship (botter), the keel was laid for the next ship. This time it had to be a brig (2 masts). A fine drawing of a French brig was my starting point for this model. Once the ship was launched the masts had to be raised. I than realized that I had made the mistake every SIB-builder makes at least once in his career, the masts were to long and couldn’t be brought in full erected position. I had to cut the top of the masts in the bottle to get them straight up. I succeeded and SIB-no.2 was a fact."
Type: Brig   Maker's Name: Fransen, Henny
Category: Sailing Ships   Made Where: Hoorn, Holland
Bottle Size: 0.75 liter   Year Made: 1986
Bottle Type: Unidentified