Date Added: 09 June 2011
This is a replica of a Baltimore Clipper Privateer, circa 1815. The following is an excerpt from the book "Ships in Bottles" by Guy DeMarco: The terms "Baltimore Clipper" or "Baltimore Built" refer to a hull and sail configuration that is clearly an American design. The shape is an outgrowth of the Virginia-built pilot boats of the Revolutionary War period. The hulls were sharp with shallow drafts, and the masts were set high with severe rake. The English used them to dispatch boats during the Napoleonic wars. Larger versions were used by America as privateers during our own English wars. Many were built, copied, and modified during the first half of the eighteenth century. They ran the gamut of commerce of the time. With their swift lines and shallow draft, all the world's harbors were open to them. They were used by pirates, smugglers, slave traders, opium runners, as well as people with legitimate business needs. The artist, Robert Bennett built this ship for a friend and named it after his daughter "Trinity". The ship is approximately 5 inches in length and is inserted in a half gallon jug. The ship is a full hull model and sits on a wooden stand inside the bottle.
|Baltimore Clipper in Bottle