Featured here is a whisky bottle containing a model of a barque-rigged vessel of the 1850's or 1860's under sail on green clay seas and flying a red ensign. A New York pilot boat is located in the neck of the bottle sailing to meet the British vessel. The letters "NY4" is displayed on the main sail of the pilot boat. There is a Turks head around the cork which was once sealed with red wax.
This ship in bottle was made by British maker Leon and Patricia Labistour of Robin Hood's Bay located in the upper northeast coast of England. Mr. Libistour is the author of book "Making Ships in Bottles". His works can also be seen in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich London.
Description from his book- "Making Ships in Bottles". Making Ships in Bottles Leon Labistour, former Editor of Bottleship (the European Association Journal) made his first ship in bottle some 40 years ago and his continuing interest in ship-modelling influenced the decision to establish this particular activity within his existing Arts/Crafts business. By writing this book, Leon endeavors to inspire his fascination this hobby in others. His comprehensive approach, which incorporates many innovative ideas and techniques, sets out clear text and illustrations through graduated stages, to take the would-be ship in bottle maker easily and painlessly into a totally fascinating and absorbing Hobby. As President of the European Association of Ships in Bottles, his many contacts world-wide confirm the huge resurgence of interest, in recent years, for this traditional Sailors Craft. Published 1990.