Who knows when the first sailor thought to create a ship in a bottle? The oldest surviving examples date from the 1700's.
The skill required to successfully place a ship in a bottle is straight forward but far from simple.
It requires masts and yardarms that fold and unfold once the ship is in the bottle and then the dexterity to finish the rigging within the bottle.
For the Saturday, August, 3rd 2019, Port Townsend Art Walk, The Artful Sailor Whole Earth Nautical Supply is delighted to have on exhibit just such maritime artistry and skill as renowned nautical craftsman, Jeff Simmons, brings to the shop at 410 Washington St. (by the Skate Park) his astonishing ships in a bottle.
Simmons has been building ships in bottles for over 40 years. Inspired by his parents, Jeff first put a ship in a bottle at the age of 15 and went on to install all sorts of vessels in just about any kind of narrow-necked glass container, including whiskey bottles, flasks and light bulbs. Scuttlebutt has it that he plans to put Port Townsend's famous schooner Martha in a bottle.
Meet the artist and watch him work his magic from 5:30-8:00 pm. There'll be music, refreshments and salty camaraderie amidst the traditional aromas of pine tar, hemp and bee's wax.