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Bottle 698 - Halifax
Date Added: 01 March 2009

This model is based on early colonial schooners as described in Howard Chapelle’s History of American Sailing Ships. Chapelle shows several line drawings and figures for two-masted schooners built before the Revolution. Schooners within this class are: Halifax, Sultana, Chaleur and Gaspee. In the original plans for the ship, Halifax is spelled "Hallifax," which could be a misprint or an earlier version of the name we know today. The model is made from an aspen hull, with basswood deck and trim. The rails and stern are made of mahogany. There is no painting or staining on the hull other than the stern windows and skylights. The model has six cannons made from 1/16" (1.5 mm) hollow aluminum tube, which are painted black. The figurehead is made from an HO scale human figure cut off at the waist. The chain plate and dead eyes are made from brass eye pins, which are painted black (available from Micro-Mark). The empty bottle was found in an antique store discard bin for $1. I don’t know the exact nature of it’s original use, but it smelled like Lestoil cleaning solution and needed a good cleaning itself before it was acceptable for use on the model. There is enjoyment at every stage of this hobby. Emptying and re-filling the liquor bottles is obvious. Finding an old jewel in a trash bin is priceless.
Type: Top Sail Schooner   Maker's Name: Sheridan, Bill
Category: Sailing Ships   Made Where: Southington, Connecticut
Bottle Size: 1 Quart (1 Liter)   Year Made: 2009
Bottle Type: Lestoil Cleaning Solution (25+ years old)