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Bottle 690 - Mariya Nikolaewna
Date Added: 30 October 2009

This is a museum specimen and competition model of the "Mariya Nikolaewna" a late 1800 Windjammer. 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 white between the gun ports. 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, and two large cabins.There is triple railing around both the bow and stern sections of the ship. There are also the details of the ringbolts, hinges, hoops, bolts, anchor, and assorted metal fastenings. Two lifeboats are mounted mid-ship atop the main cabin and tow more lifeboat hangs from davits above the smaller cabin. The "Mariya Nikolaewna" 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 25 sails made from fine silk with the stitch and reef lines showing. 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 model has a fore figure or masthead painted gold. The white, blue and red Russian flag hangs from the mizzenmast rigging. There are a total of 28 guns ports painted in black on the hull of the ship. The ship has authentic detailed standing and running rigging. A special feature of this model consists in that that all strings have been made by Vladislav independently. He twisted them by means of the special adaptation and at close examination they are more similar to ship ropes than usual sewing a thread. 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. The bottle rests on two cradles held together by a decorative turned dowel. The bottle is sealed with a wooden stopper and decorative rope around the neck with a small chain extended from the rope to the middle of the stopper.
Type: Windjammer   Maker's Name: Babkin, Vladislav
Category: Sailing Ships   Made Where: Moscow Region, Russia
Bottle Size: Unknown   Year Made: 2009
Bottle Type: Russian  

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