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Bottle 496 - Azov
Date Added: 14 December 2006

This is an exquisitely built "open hull" style model replica of the "Azov." This exact model won the Russian Ship in Botlte Championships in 2005. This actual "Azov" was built in Arkhangelsk on October 20, 1825, and launched on 26 May, 1826. This is a whole hull competition model that is built as an Admiralty styled model with the lower section of the hull exposed on one side to show the structure of the ship. The ship's deck includes the gratings, hatches, pumps, beakhead, capstan, windlass, whipstaff, rudder, catheads, ladders, fife rails, binnacle, wheel and skylight. There are also the details of the ringbolts , hinges, hoops, bolts, anchor , and assorted metal fastenings. The "Azov" 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. There are 74 guns each with approximately half displayed with red gun ports in an opened position. The ship is displayed with 15 unfurled sails made with the stitch and reef lines showing. The sails are made from fine silk. The yards are built with footropes. The bowsprit is built in two sections and has a dolphin striker. A white flag with a red and gold symbol flies from the stern area of the ship. The ship has a stern gallery with wonderful detail brought out in the striking black with white accenting the windows and ships decorations. It is very ornament with classical wood-carving. The center of the center of the taffrail (the railing around the stern of a ship) is decorated with the two headed bow figure of the ship representing the warrior in a gilded helmet and amour. 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 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 and the bottle sits on a cradle with a slat between the two sides. On the slat is a plaque with the name of the ship "Azov" printed on it. The bottle is sealed with a turned wooden stopper with a rich dark patina.
Type: Ship of the Line   Maker's Name: Babkin, Vladislav
Category: Sailing Ships   Made Where: Tiksi, Russia
Bottle Size: 11 3/4" x 4"   Year Made: 2005
Bottle Type: Round 1 Liter Bottle