Festesis de Tenya - conquered
of the Pacific Ocean - wondered why a man
full of crazy and mistaken thoughts,
ideas, and desires does not want to learn
all about the Earth he lives on
Nobody knows the precise date of birth of this kind
of art. Evidently appeared a bit later than transparent glass in Europe.
Marco Polo could bring the secret of its production from China in
the XIII century. The northern sea lands of the XVII-XVIII centuries
Germany and Holland were the native land for the art of ship models
in bottles. Firth knows items were made in the XVIII century. The
history of the art is connected with the living conditions of seamen
at the time.
The international referee of group “A” Aleshin L.I.,
who has got gold and silver medals for his ships in bottles in international
competition, says in his book that sea and ocean always attracted
people. And people wanted to know what was there behind the horizon.
When navigation instruments were invented the period of great geographic
discoveries began. Voyages lasted month and years. During the time
intervals when the sailors were free from duty they played (especially
when the sea was calm) and started to make ship models in bottles
and the panoramic views of ports, lighthouses, sea battles, etc.
Now days the International Federation of Ship Modeling
(NAVIGA) includes the ship models in bottles in the competition as
class C-5. Such types of models have taken remarkable places at the
last three world championships.
There is an old Sweden sail boat model in bottle of 1908 in the collection
of the craftsman. It is a good illustration of the ship modeling art
at the beginning of the XX century.