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Object of the Month

Every month an object from the collection will be featured here:

May 2013

 

Ship in bottle, 1917

“On the 20 March 1915 some three hundred German prisoners-of-war arrived in Jersey and were interned in a special camp at Blanches Banques. This model was made by one of the prisoners in 1917. The ship was inserted by the following method - the “sea” of putty was put in place, then the ship was inserted with the masts lying flat. A length of cotton was pulled tight from the neck of the bottle which brought the masts into an upright position.”

John Jean, maritime historian

ship in bottle1917 sm