Not Your Run of the Mill Company!
In addition to our exquisite ships in bottles and ship models, we
provide many other custom crafted items for you, our customer.
Here you'll find a diverse range of products and services that will
certainly meet your needs for that very special gift! For
HAMMOCKS made of CORDURA® fabric are exceptionally durable as well as versatile!! We also offer stylish brass bells and an authentic US Navy
So, whether you choose an incredibly detailed custom crafted
miniature ship model for that unique and distinguished corporate
gift or select a customized gift covered in ornamental rope work, you are sure
to be pleased.
Thank you for visiting THE Ship In a Bottle
THE Ship In a Bottle web site and home business became a reality for
me and my dream come true in early '07 when I threw in the towel and
left my good paying job in management to pursue my true passion.
You guessed it . . . traditional nautical arts. I sincerely hope
you enjoy visiting our web site and I look forward to sharing my
experience and art with you and your family.
RMCS US Navy
Jim retired from active duty in the United States Navy in early '92
after more than 22 years of enlisted service as a Senior Chief
Radioman. His experience ranged from Morse code operations while
stationed in Lisbon, Portugal to running "communication shacks" on
the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)
USS Manitowoc (LST-1180)
His naval career allowed him to see much of the world and enjoy
tours of duty in Charleston, SC, San Diego, CA, and in Norfolk,
Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach, VA.
Jim's passion for traditional nautical art goes back to his
childhood days where as a young man he constructed a large and
beautifully detailed model of the clipper ship Cutty Sark. He is
extremely pleased to say that the model is still proudly displayed
in a position of prominence on a mantle in Decatur, GA some 40+
years later. Somewhere in Virginia, a dentist is showing off a
beautiful wooden model of the whaler Charles W. Morgan, Jim's first
wooden ship model built for commission.
An impressive modeler, Jim once devoted numerous hours as a docent
at the Newport News Mariners' Museum in Newport News, VA. There he
maintained a ship model workshop, giving public demonstrations on
ship modeling techniques. Jim will proudly tell you that his
interaction with the many visitors while there was one of the
highlights of his ship modeling career.
If not actually tinkering with the construction of ships in bottles,
scale ship models, nautical art and carvings, you can bet Jim is
deep in thought planning his next project. The jack of all trades,
he has a penchant for creating very detailed nautical objects such
as scrimshaw and ships in miniature. Covering objects with
ornamental rope work, an art still practiced today by the bosun's
mate in navies of the world, became a means for passing idle time
for Jim as it had been for many a sailor over the centuries.
Creating designs for whimsical pub signs easily became another
passion and quite possibly the one area he enjoys the most.
Jim's proudest accomplishment was a 39" model of the American
which he gave to his oldest daughter Kimberly. Countless hours
went into the construction of this 'scratch built' wooden ship
model. All in all, a 3 year project. Jim painstakingly turned each
of her brass guns on his miniature lathe. Each piece of rigging was
custom built on his home made ropewalk. Her hull, masts, spars, and
deck furnishings were constructed from miniature lumber sawn from
logs of ebony, holly, rosewood, apple, dogwood, cherry, and walnut
to name just a few. Each of the more than 300 blocks (pulleys for
those not familiar with nautical terminology) was hand crafted. Jim's youngest
daughter Michelle is still waiting on the completion of her model of
the HMS Alfred (74)
still under construction after several years.
If Jim can be of any service to you, please