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Bottle 552 - Olivutsa
Date Added: 09 May 2007

This is a museum specimen and wonderful competition model of the "Olivutsa" a 20-gun Corvette originally constructed by Sevastopol Marine Works in the late 1700's. This whole hull model is built to exacting details to the actual ship. The hull has an actual copper bottom and the remaining area is black with individual white planking between the gun ports. The inside of the bulwarks are painted green. The ship's deck is individually planked and includes the same features you would find on the actual ship. The ship's deck includes the gratings, hatches, pumps, beakhead, capstan, windlass, whipstaff, rudder, catheads, ladders, fife rails, binnacle, and wheel. There are also the details of the ringbolts, hinges, hoops, bolts, anchor, and assorted metal fastenings. Two lifeboats are mid-ship with a small one stacked on top of the larger one. Another lifeboat hangs from davits from the stern of the ship. . The "Olivutsa" has 3 masts; the foremast, the mainmast, and the mizzenmast. The masts are all made from bamboo and are built in 3 sections and the masts have crosstrees on each section consisting of jib-booms of two trees: directly jib-boom and flying jib boom. The ship is displayed with 13 sails made from fine silk with the stitch and reef lines showing. The main sails on the fore and main mast are not shown. The yards are built with footropes for the sailors to stand on while bending and unbending the sail. The bowsprit is built in two sections and has a dolphin striker. The bowsprit has gammoning as was on the real ship. The "X" ensign, a white flag with a thin blue cross, flies from the stern area of the ship and a long banner 3with the ensign flies from atop the mainmast. There are 20 guns extending from open gun ports on the main deck. The trunks are not simply cut from a copper wire, rather they and ground from both sides and each gun carriages consist of two details. The ship has a stern gallery with wonderful detail brought out in the striking green with window frames and pane sections painted gold along with the ship's decorations. The ship has authentic detailed standing and running rigging. The standing rigging is in black and the running rigging in gray/brown tone. There are shrouds with ratlines going to each section of each mast and each shroud has main chains. The chain wales are cutting; that is every one of the channels consists of two, as a result there are not three per side but six, for a total of twelve as would be found on the actual ship. The masts and yards are correctly proportioned to the size of the hull and to each other. The ship rests in a cradle in the bottom of the bottle. Under the cradle are the initials of Vladislav Babkin, the artist, 2007 the year it was made and a special dedication: "Special Series for Greg Alvey." The bottle rests on two cradles mounted to a polished plinth board. On the slat is a plaque with the name of the ship "Olivutsa" printed on it in Russian. The bottle is sealed with a cork and decorative rope around the neck.
Type: Corvette   Maker's Name: Babkin, Vladislav
Category: Sailing Ships   Made Where: Shchelkovo, Russia
Bottle Size: 8 3/4" x 3 3/4"   Year Made: 2007
Bottle Type: Vodka Bottle