SHIPS in BOTTLES by Michel Bardet            


Restoration of boats in bottles

The restoration of boats in bottles is always very delicate.

There are two specific cases:

A/- the bottle is broken.
B/- the rigging has collapsed on the deck of the boat. It is due to the basic technique used by the former sailors and lighthouse keepers Indeed, the rigging lines may often happen to snap because of the ageing process or a too long exposure to sunlight.



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Three-masted ship (1927)

Three-masted ship (1927) after restoration.



Four-masted ship (1895-1900).

Four-masted ship (1895-1900) after restoration.



Three-masted ship (1930)

Three-masted ship (1930) after restoration.



Three-masted ship (1900-1910)

Three-masted ship (1900-1910) after restoration.



Three-masted ship (1910-1920)

Three-masted ship (1910-1920) after restoration



Five-masted "France" (1895-1915)

Five-masted "France (1895-1915) after restoration



Four masted "Antonin" (1905-1920)

Four-masted "Antonin" (1905-1920) after restoration



Four masted "Jean-Marie" (1900-1915)

Four-masted "Jean-Marie" (1900-1915) after restoration



Three masted (1940)

Three masted (1940) after restoration




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  • Introduction
  • Basic technique to put a ship in a bottle
  • My personal technique
  • The know-how
  • Exhibitions and demonstrations
  • Traditional sailing boats
  • Winners of the " Route du Rhum " race in multihulls
  • Other models in bottles, bulbs and flasks
  • Model under construction

  • Copyright MBD 2002 (Photographs restricted rights)